Close-up of shingles rash on back of woman's neck

Close-up of shingles rash on back of woman's neck

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Caption: Herpes zoster. Close-up of shingles blisters on the back of a woman's neck. Shingles (herpes zos- ter) is caused by infection of nerves with the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chicken- pox. This virus can remain dormant in the body for years after a bout of chickenpox, and then become active again if the body's immune system is weak- ened. The virus attacks nerves feeding the skin, causing an outbreak of small but painful blisters in a well-defined area. Nerve damage can result in the pain lasting for months or even years after the blisters have disappeared. There is no effect- ive cure for shingles, although antiviral drugs can reduce the severity of the disease.

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Keywords: condition, disease, disorder, healthcare, herpes zoster, medical, medicine, neck, rash, shingles, shingles rash, shingles rash on neck, skin disease, viral infection, woman

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