Introduction: Shingles


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Shingles: Herpes zoster is an infectious viral infection that is believed to be caused by the re-activation of a previous chickenpox infection, often from many years before.

Shingles: Shingles is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles occurs in people who have had chickenpox and represents a reactivation of the dormant varicella-zoster virus. The disease generally affects the elderly, although it occasionally occurs in younger and/or immunodeficient individuals. 1

Researching symptoms of Shingles: Further information about the symptoms of Shingles is available including a list of symptoms of Shingles, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of Shingles, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.

Misdiagnosis and Shingles: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of Shingles, underlying causes of Shingles (possibly misdiagnosed), or research misdiagnosis of other diseases

Treatments for Shingles: Various information is available about treatments available for Shingles, prevention of Shingles, or research treatments for other diseases.

Causes of Shingles: Research more detailed information about the causes of Shingles, other possibly hidden causes of Shingles, or other general information about Shingles.

Statistics and Shingles: Various sources and calculations are available in statistics about Shingles, prevalence and incidence statistics for Shingles, and you can also research other medical statistics in our statistics center.

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1. excerpt from NINDS Shingles Information Page: NINDS

Last revision: June 16, 2003

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