Shingles, a rash that usually occurs on one side of your body, appears as a band of blisters that wraps from the middle of your back to one side of your chest up to the breastbone.
It is following the path of the nerve where the virus has been sitting. Cingulum, a Latin word meaning belt or girdle, is where most believe the name shingles came from.
It is possible however, for the rash to occur around one eye or on your neck. The blisters caused by shingles may resemble chickenpox, and will be more painful and less itching when you get shingles.
Although shingles is very painful, it will properly heal entirely within about one month.
Varicella-zoster virus, the same that causes chickenpox, is the cause of shingles. It is considered the second eruption of chicken pox. It is also part of the group that causes the herpes virus, which causes cold sores and genital herpes.
Many of these viruses have the ability to lie hidden in your nervous system after an initial infection and remain at a standstill for many years before causing or seeing another infection.Read More