Shingles is a viral infection caused by the herpes zoster virus, the same virus which causes chickenpox. If you have had chickenpox during your childhood, it is possible that you will experience shingles in adulthood. Should the virus be triggered in later life, a shingles may occur, in which symptoms will include a painful rash, which may later turn into itchy blisters and sores. These painful symptoms can be reduced with the use of an antiviral medication like Aciclovir, Famvir or Valtrex, which can also prevent the virus from spreading.
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