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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | December 2014

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How to identify and treat herpes zoster (shingles)

How to identify and treat herpes zoster (shingles)
Skin Care

Pages: 59 - 64

Article topics: Herpes zoster, Rash, Shingles, Skin Care, Vaccination

Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a relatively common viral infection in the UK, which is caused by a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus after patients have had an earlier infection with chickenpox. The condition results in a painful rash and in severe cases patients can develop post herpetic neuralgia (PHN), an intense chronic pain at the affected area, despite resolution of the skin lesions. Shingles can also affect the nerves in the eyes and ears, as well as causing scarring. It is important that community nurses are aware of this condition and able to advise on supportive treatments such as topical medications, pain relief and, in appropriate cases, vaccination.