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Shingles Overview

Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a viral infection caused by the chickenpox virus. Symptoms include pain and a rash on one side of the body. Shingles most commonly affects older adults and people with weak immune systems.

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Shingles Vaccine May Be OK for Autoimmune Patients
The live-virus shingles vaccine may be safe for people with autoimmune conditions and for those taking immunity-suppressing drugs.

Understanding Shingles -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Shingles?

The symptoms of shingles include:

  • Pain or a bruised feeling -- usually on one side of your face or body -- often along with a fever, chills, headache, or upset stomach
  • Tingling, itching, or prickling skin and an inflamed, red skin rash several days later
  • A group or long strip of small, fluid-filled blisters
  • Deep burning, searing, aching, or stabbing pain, which may occur once in a while or last a long time

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