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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Antivirals for Shingles
Drug details for Antivirals for shingles.
Managing the Pain of Postherpetic Neuralgia
WebMD looks at managing postherpetic neuralgia, the nerve pain that often lingers after a shingles rash goes away.