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Shingles (Herpes zoster)

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Clinical Description

Herpes zoster or shingles is characterised by a painful vesicular skin rash. The disease is caused by reactivation of latent varicella zoster virus. The main complication of shingles is post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), a long-lasting neuropathic pain after the rash has resolved. PHN can persist for months or years and the risk and severity increases with age. PHN can have a very debilitating effect on the sufferer’s quality of life.

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