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Herpes Zoster

Most people who develop Herpes Zoster have been exposed to the chicken pox virus as children. In adulthood the virus can become reactivated, causing a rash of small blisters in the affected area. This is commonly known as "shingles”.

Unlike chicken pox, shingles is very painful. It usually occurs most frequently in the elderly and in immune compromised people. It is important to see an ophthalmologist if the rash involves the area around the eye since the virus can invade the eye itself. Eye involvement can be treated but careful follow up is necessary. New oral antiviral medications are indicated and can shorten the duration and severity of symptoms.


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