Herpes zoster, commonly known as shingles, is a painful blistering rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Find out what causes herpes zoster and how to identify and treat it.
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Most commonly, blisters will appear on one side of body, the buttocks and genitalia, or the face in the distribution of the nerve(s) supplying the area. If the blisters involve the eye region, permanent eye damage can result and your doctor will refer you immediately to an eye specialist.
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Figure 1: Herpes Zoster (Shingles) - red patches and blisters appear in a band on one side of the body.
Figure 22: If herpes zoster affects the region around the eye, the eye itself may also be affected
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