What is Shingles/Herpes Zoster


Shingles is an infection of a nerve caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Early symptoms include localised pain, headache or fatigue. Shingles can happen at any age, but is more common and painful in older adults.

The virus attacks a nerve root and follows the line of that nerve, causing painful blisters on the scalp, face, torso, or extremities. It normally affects one side of the body only and can last for several weeks. Anti-viral medication can reduce the severity of the attack, minimising the possibility of long-lasting pain afterwards.

Shingles can cause complications and can become serious. Consult you doctor if shingles is suspected, especially if the condition appears close to the eyes. Treatment is most effective if started within the first three days of onset.


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