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What research is being done on shingles and shingles-related conditions?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Shingles is an unpleasant condition that can cause a painful rash. Scientists are currently studying many different aspects of shingles in hopes of understanding what causes the disease and how best to treat it.

Some researchers hope to develop new medications for controlling the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), which causes shingles. Others are trying to learn how to boost the activity of white blood cells in the body that fight VZV. Another important area of research involves trying to piece together why some people with shingles develop post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), which is pain and itching that persists long after a shingles skin rash has disappeared. Still other scientists are studying alternative treatments for relieving shingles pain, such as tai chi, an ancient Chinese discipline.

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