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Last Updated: 02 May 2022

Shingles arises from infection by the varicella zoster virus. After the body fights the initial infection, the varicella zoster virus stays in nerve cells for the rest of an individual's life. Some people with shingles feel pain or tingling in the affected area shortly prior to the rash appears. In 5 to 20 percent of people with shingles, extreme pain proceeds in the affected region after healing of the breakout, which is referred to as postherpetic neuralgia. The pain brought on by shingles and PHN can interfere with day-to-day tasks and minimize an individual's quality of life. After an individual has chickenpox, the virus stays non-active in the nerve cells. Lots of people have shingles only once. Any individual who has ever had chickenpox can get shingles. But your risk is greater if you: Are age 50 or older; Have an ailment that weakens your immune system, such as HIV/AIDS; Have cancer, especially Hodgkin disease or lymphoma; Take medicines that weaken your body immune system. The first sign of shingles is commonly pain, burning, prickling, or itching on one part of your face or body. You might additionally feel as if you have the influenza, with fever and cools. The first signs of shingles can be: a prickling or unpleasant feeling in an area of skin; a headache or feeling normally unwell. Usually you get the shingles breakout on your upper body and stomach, yet it can appear anywhere on your body including on your face, eyes and genital areas. The rash shows up as blotches on your skin, on 1 side of your body only. A breakout on both the left and right of your body is not likely to be shingles. You may need medication to help quicken your recovery and avoid longer-lasting problems. A GP may have the ability to treat you.

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