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Shingles is a disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus - the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you have chickenpox, the virus stays in your body. It may not cause problems for many years. As you get older, the virus may reappear as shingles. Although it is most common in people over age 50, anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk. Unlike chickenpox, you can't catch shingles from someone who has it.
Early signs of shingles include burning or shooting pain and tingling or itching, usually on one side of the body or face. The pain can be mild to severe. Rashes or blisters appear anywhere from one to 14 days later. If shingles appears on your face, it may affect your vision or hearing. The pain of shingles may last for weeks, months, or even years after the blisters have healed.
There is no cure for shingles. Early treatment with medicines that fight the virus may help. These medicines may also help prevent lingering pain.
A vaccine may prevent shingles or lessen its effects. The vaccine is recommended for people 60 or over. In some cases doctors may give it to people ages 50 to 59.
NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
|Definition (NCI)||A common dermal and neurologic disorder caused by reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus that has remained dormant within dorsal root ganglia, often for decades, after the patient's initial exposure to the virus in the form of varicella (chickenpox). It is characterized by severe neuralgic pain along the distribution of the affected nerve and crops of clustered vesicles over the area.|
|Definition (CSP)||acute infectious, usually self-limited, disease believed to represent activation of latent varicella zoster virus in those who have been rendered partially immune after a previous attack of chickenpox; it involves the sensory ganglia and their areas of innervation and is characterized by severe neuralgic pain along the distribution of the affected nerve and crops of clustered vesicles over the area.|
|Definition (MSH)||An acute infectious, usually self-limited, disease believed to represent activation of latent varicella-zoster virus (HERPESVIRUS 3, HUMAN) in those who have been rendered partially immune after a previous attack of CHICKENPOX. It involves the SENSORY GANGLIA and their areas of innervation and is characterized by severe neuralgic pain along the distribution of the affected nerve and crops of clustered vesicles over the area. (From Dorland, 27th ed)|
|Concepts||Disease or Syndrome (T047)|
|ICD10||B02 , B02.9|
|SnomedCT||154326002, 186514003, 186533008, 4740000|
|English||Herpes Zoster, Shingles, Zona, Zoster, HERPES ZOSTER, Herpes zoster NOS, herpes zona, herpes zoster, herpes zoster (diagnosis), shingles, zona, Zoster [herpes zoster], Zoster NOS, Herpes Zoster [Disease/Finding], zoster, zonas, herpes zoster infection, Herpes zoster infection (disorder), Herpes zoster NOS (disorder), Herpes zoster infection, Herpes zoster, Herpes zoster (disorder), herpes; zoster, zoster; herpes, Herpes zoster disease, Herpes zoster, NOS|
|French||HERPES ZOSTER, Zona SAI, Zona|
|Portuguese||HERPES ZOSTER, Herpes zóster NE, Zóster, Herpes zona, Cobreiro, Herpes zóster, Cobrelo, Herpes Zoster, Zona, Zoster|
|Spanish||HERPES ZOSTER, Herpes zoster, SAI, Herpes zona, herpes zóster (trastorno), herpes zoster (trastorno), zóster, herpes zóster, zona ígnea, zona serpiginoso, herpes zoster, Herpes Zóster, Zóster, Herpes zóster NEOM, Herpes zóster, herpes zóster, SAI (trastorno), herpes zóster, SAI, Herpes zoster, SAI (trastorno), culebrilla, zona, Herpes, Zona|
|German||HERPES ZOSTER, Herpes zoster NNB, Guertelrose, Zona, Zoster [Herpes zoster], Herpes zoster, Zoster, Gürtelrose, Rose, Gürtel-|
|Italian||Herpes zoster, Herpes zoster NAS, Zona, Zoster, Herpes Zoster|
|Dutch||gordelroos, herpes zoster NAO, zona, herpes; zoster, zoster; herpes, herpes zoster, Herpes zoster, Gordelroos, Zona|
|Japanese||帯状疱疹ＮＯＳ, ﾀｲｼﾞｮｳﾎｳｼﾝNOS, ﾀｲｼﾞｮｳﾎｳｼﾝ, 帯状疱疹, 帯状ヘルペス, 疱疹-帯状, ヘルペス-帯状|
|Czech||herpes zoster, pásový opar, Herpes zoster, Herpes zoster NOS, Pásový opar|
|Russian||LISHAI OPOIASYVAIUSHCHII, OPOIASYVAIUSHCHII LISHAI, HERPES ZOSTER, ЛИШАЙ ОПОЯСЫВАЮЩИЙ, ОПОЯСЫВАЮЩИЙ ЛИШАЙ|
|Hungarian||herpes zoster k.m.n., herpes zoster, Zóna, Övsömör|
|Norwegian||Herpes zoster, Helvetesild|