Patients who had chickenpox as children are likely to develop shingles as an adult. Shingles is a painful rash caused by varicella-zoster, the virus that also causes chickenpox. After chickenpox, this virus continues to stay inactive in the cells but can be reactivated later on in life. It is unknown what causes the virus to be reactivated.
Shingles rashes appear as a strip of blisters on either side of the torso. Other symptoms include pain, burning, sensitivity to touch, fever, and fatigue. Even after the rash is gone, pain can persist. Early treatment can lessen complications and shorten how long a shingles infection can last, so getting an examination is very important.
EZCare Clinic practitioners can evaluate a patient’s rash and provide treatment, which can include either over-the-counter products or prescription medication.