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What is the latest research and treatment options for shingles?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Scientists are studying several critical aspects of shingles in hopes of helping to prevent the disease and manage its symptoms. One mystery researchers hope to solve is understanding the behavior of the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), which causes shingles. Why does VZV hide in the body for years, then suddenly reemerge and trigger an outbreak of shingles? Learning the answer could lead to better therapies for this disease.

Researchers are also trying to discover ways to help the body defend itself against shingles. Certain white blood cells help to keep VZV under control. Finding a way to make these blood cells more active could help treat the disease in people at high risk for severe shingles.

Talk with your doctor about treatment options for shingles. 

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