Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Shingles Health Center

Medical Reference Related to Shingles

  1. Shingles - Topic Overview

    Learn about shingles (herpes zoster), a painful, contagious rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella-zoster). Read on for treatment and vaccine information.

  2. Shingles - Symptoms

    When the virus that causes chickenpox reactivates, it causes shingles. Early symptoms of shingles include headache, sensitivity to light, and flu - like symptoms without a fever.

  3. Shingles - Cause

    Shingles is a reactivation of the varicella - zoster virus, a type of herpes virus that causes chickenpox. Once you have had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in your nerve roots and remains inactive until, in some people, it flares up again.

  4. Shingles - What Increases Your Risk

    Risks for developing shingles include: Having had chickenpox. You must have had chickenpox to get shingles. Being older than 50. Having a weakened immune system due to another disease, such as diabetes or HIV infection Experiencing stress or trauma.

  5. Shingles - Exams and Tests

    Shingles is usually diagnosed by the appearance of the bandlike rash that occurs on one side of your body. If a diagnosis of shingles is not clear, your health professional may order lab tests, most commonly herpes tests, on cells taken from a blister.

  6. Shingles - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Shingles: Should I Get a Shot to Prevent Shingles? ...

  7. Shingles - Medications

    Medications can help limit the pain and discomfort caused by shingles, shorten the time you have symptoms, and prevent the spread of the disease. Medications also may reduce your chances of developing shingles complications, such as postherpetic neuralgia

  8. Shingles - Prevention

    Anyone who has had chickenpox may get shingles later in life. However, the FDA recently approved a vaccine, known as Zostavax, that may help prevent shingles. Ask your doctor about the availability of this vaccine.

  9. Shingles - Other Treatment

    Postherpetic neuralgia, the most common complication of shingles, is difficult to treat. Your health professional may recommend other treatments, along with medications, to control the pain of postherpetic neuralgia.

  10. Shingles - Home Treatment

    You may reduce the duration and pain of shingles by: Taking good care of skin sores, such as not scratching blisters and keeping your skin clean. Using medications as prescribed to treat shingles or postherpetic neuralgia or using nonprescription pain med

Displaying 11 - 20 of 26 Articles << Prev Page 1 2 3 Next >>

Today on WebMD

varicella zoster virus
How to recognize this painful rash.
shingles rash
Symptoms, causes, and treatment.
 
nurse administering flu vaccine
8 questions, answered.
senior woman
Are you more likely to get it?
 
Shingles What Increases Your Risk
Article
New PHN Drug Cuts Lingering Shingles Pain
Article
 
Preventing Shingles
VIDEO
Shingles During Pregnancy
Article