Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Chicago
What is Shingles (Herpes Zoster)?
The rash of Shingles begins as red patches that soon develop blisters. The blisters may remain small or can become large. They heal in 2 – 4 weeks. They may leave some scars.
What causes Shingles (Herpes Zoster)?
Many patients mistakenly believe that “nervousness” causes Shingles. However, it does not. Shingles is a viral infection of a nerve and has nothing to do with being “nervous.” Shingles (Herpes Zoster) is a nerve infection caused by the chicken pox virus. Shingles results from activation of a chicken pox virus that has remained in your body since you had chicken pox – perhaps many years ago. The virus activation is limited to a nerve root. That accounts for the pattern of the rash, which always stops at the body’s midline. The nerve involvement explains the stinging, burning, or pain common in shingles. Some patients have discomfort before the rash appears.