Causes, Symptoms, Stages, Home Remedies & Prevention
Shingles, medically known as herpes zoster, is a viral infection characterized by a painful skin rash with blisters. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox.
The symptoms of shingles include a painful, blistering rash that typically appears in a band or strip on one side of the body, along with fever, headache, and general feelings of malaise.
Shingles is caused by the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus, which initially causes chickenpox, and can occur when the virus reactivates due to weakened immunity or aging.
Getting vaccinated with the shingles vaccine, maintaining a healthy immune system through balanced nutrition, regular exercise, and managing stress can help prevent shingles.
Shingles progresses through three stages: the prodromal stage, characterized by pain; the active stage, marked by the development of a painful; and the postherpetic neuralgia stage, which may follow the rash.