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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 Linked to Raised Heart Risks for Seniors

    Chance of stroke, heart attack increased most in the first week after diagnosis of the painful rash

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    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, followed several days later by a group of fluid-filled blisters on a red, inflamed base of skin
    • Deep burning, searing, aching, or stabbing pain, which may occur once in a while or last a long time

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