What are the symptoms of herpes zoster?

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The herpes zoster virus lies in a quiet or dormant period in nerve cells. when the virus is reactivated, the first symptoms are pain, itching and tingling of the skin, followed by redness, numbness and development of a rash. the rash develops into small, fluid-filled blisters called vesicles that later break open and form crusty scabs. the outbreak of shingles typically lasts for a few weeks, but in severe cases, the rash can leave permanent scars, pain, numbness or skin discoloration.

If nerves of the eye are infected with herpes zoster, symptoms may also occur in the eye.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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