3 Ways To Treat Shingles

Shingles (herpes zoster) is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. See ways to treat and prevent this painful and contagious rash.
A man shows his doctor the area of pain he is experiencing due to shingles.
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Reviewed by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP on July 29, 2013

What Is Shingles?

Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a blistering rash that usually forms a band that spreads around one side of a part of your body. It is most commonly seen in the mid-section, but can also be on any body part, including the eye or the face. People often describe it as the worst pain they have ever experienced.

Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Technically, shingles itself is not contagious, however, someone with shingles can transmit the virus that causes chickenpox, which could reactivate many years later causing shingles.

The blistering rash usually lasts two to four weeks. While there is no cure for shingles, there are three common treatments for shingles, to help reduce the pain and shorten the duration of symptoms.

Reviewed on 8/5/2013 5:36:29 PM
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