Pigmentation of skin under arm due to shingles

Pigmentation of skin under arm due to shingles

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Caption: Shingles. Skin pigmentation under a patient's arm following shingles. Shingles, also called herpes zoster, is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox. During an attack of chickenpox most of the viral organisms are destroyed, but some survive and lie dormant in certain sensory nerves, often for months or years. Depression of the immune system allows the viruses to re-emerge, causing an unpleasant rash and pain due to nerve damage. Shingles is treated with anti-viral drugs such as acyclovir, which inhibit proliferation of the virus and may limit the extent of the rash and the effect on sensory nerves. Pain relief is provided by analgesics.

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Keywords: condition, disease, disorder, healthcare, herpes zoster, medical, medicine, pigmentation, scar, shingles, shingles rash on flank, shingles scar, viral infection

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