Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
first encounter with the herpes zoster virus is usually childhood chicken pox.
Later in life, the virus may reactivate, causing a characteristic rash of small
blisters, frequently on the chest or forehead, which form crusts and may leave
scars. This second encounter is known as shingles.
chicken pox, this condition is usually quite painful. Although this disease
often occurs in normal, healthy people, it occurs more frequently in elderly or
important to see an ophthalmologist when herpes zoster occurs on the face
because the virus may invade the eye. An ophthalmologist looks for elevated
pressure in the eye, inflammation, and herpes zoster lesions on the surface of
the eye. All these problems can be treated but they are sometimes difficult to
manage. Therefore, careful treatment and follow-up are required. New oral
antiviral medications are providing sufferers with a quicker, more complete