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      Category : Health Centers > Brain and Nervous System


Alternate Names : Herpes Zoster, Varicella Zoster

Shingles | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the infection?

Shingles symptoms are usually limited to a small area of the body. This area is usually a small strip of skin on one side of the chest or abdomen. In some cases, the face can be involved, and this may cause an eye infection. The first symptoms are usually related to sensation. People may experience pain, numbness, tingling, or itching. Pain usually occurs at some point, and can be quite severe. This is usually followed by the development of groups of blisters. The areas around the blisters are often quite painful. The pain can be severe and last for weeks. Pain is usually much less severe in children.

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Shingles: Diagnosis & Tests

Author: Danielle Zerr, MD
Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
Date Reviewed: 05/04/01

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