Shingles

Deirdre Engler*, Mncengeli Sibanda, H. J. Motubatse

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is characterised primarily by a painful, blistering skin rash caused by a reactivation of varicella zoster virus from its latent state within a person's body. It is commonly preceded by a unilateral burning pain, tingling sensation and skin tenderness. Postherpetic neuralgia is a common and debilitating complication of herpes zoster and can often impair the quality of life of the affected persons. This article provides a brief overview of shingles, including the clinical manifestations, management and prevention thereof.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-64
Number of pages5
JournalSA Pharmaceutical Journal
Volume84
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Herpes zoster virus
  • Postherpetic neuralgia
  • Shingles
  • Varicella zoster virus

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