Do you know the warning signs of shingles?

Shingles, caused by the herpes zoster virus (HZV), can cause pain for weeks, months, or even years after an infection starts. Shingles usually starts with pain and red blisters occurring on one side of the head or body. These painful blisters increase in size, as the virus travels across nerve fibers. If these occur along the face or brow area, the eye may soon become infected. Eye pain, redness, tearing, and blurring are common symptoms of ocular HZV. The retina can also be profoundly affected in rare cases.  Urgent evaluation and treatment, in the form of oral anti-viral medication, is needed to limit the spread of HZV and pain.

Additionally, the CDC recommends adults over 60 receive the shingles vaccine.


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