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    1. Understanding Postherpetic Neuralgia -- the Basics

      Learn about postherpetic neuralgia, which results in nerve pain and often occurs after a case of shingles goes away.

    2. Antivirals for Shingles

      Drug details for Antivirals for shingles.

    3. Shingles - What Happens

      Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After an attack of chickenpox, the virus remains in the tissues in your nerves. As you get older, or if you have an illness or stress that weakens your immune system, the virus may reappear in t

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    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 - 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.

    8. Shingles - Treatment Overview

      There is no cure for shingles, but treatment may shorten the length of illness and prevent complications. Treatment options include: Antiviral medications, sometimes in combination with corticosteroids, to reduce the pain and duration of shingles.

    9. 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.

    10. Shingles - When To Call a Doctor

      Call your health professional immediately if : Any sign of shingles develops (such as pain or changes in vision) that affects your forehead, nose, eye, or eyelid. Any symptoms of shingles develop (such as headache, stiff neck, dizziness, weakness, hearing

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