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  1. 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.

  2. 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

  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 - 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Antivirals for Shingles

    Drug details for Antivirals for shingles.

  7. Managing the Pain of Postherpetic Neuralgia

    WebMD looks at managing postherpetic neuralgia, the nerve pain that often lingers after a shingles rash goes away.

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