Shingles is a rash caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is responsible for chickenpox. Shingles typically affects one side of the body, most commonly affecting the back and chest. Early treatment for shingles is ideal to relive pain and reduce complications.
Patients with shingles may experience itching, pain, numbness or burning, fluid-filled blisters, and a rash that breaks out a few days after the pain in the affected area. In addition, shingles may cause headache, fatigue, fever, and a general achy feeling. Individuals experiencing the aforementioned symptoms should seek medical attention.
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