Shingles

Find the latest stories, news, and expert advice about shingles, including medical research on symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

When to See Your Doctor About a Rash

Most rashes disappear on their own within a few days. Talk with your pharmacist if you aren’t sure which lotion or cream would work best on your rash.

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Asthmatics at Higher Risk for Developing Shingles

Shingles is a viral infection that causes an excruciatingly painful rash. The virus is caused by the varicella-zoster virus - the same virus that causes chicken pox.

By Jennifer Mitchell Rackley

What You Must Know About Shingles

We’re answering all of your pressing questions about shingles, like if it’s contagious, how to prevent it, and if you can get it twice (or more).

By Stephanie Stephens

The New Shingles Vaccine Is Good News for People With MS

Shingrix is safer than Zostavax for people with multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune illnesses. Here’s why.

By Lisa Emrich

The Natural Aging Process of Skin

Learn about the natural aging process of skin and the different conditions that can develop as you get older.

By HealthAfter50

Do You Need the Shingles Vaccine?

At least 1 million people in the United States get shingles every year, a painful and often debilitating skin rash that can take weeks to resolve.

By Cindy Uken

Shingles Vaccine: What You Should Know

Although not guaranteed to prevent the development of shingles, the vaccine significantly reduces the risk.

By HealthAfter50

What Every Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient Needs to Know About Shingles

Rheumatoid arthritis patients have an increased risk for shingles, which can produce long-term complications.

By HealthAfter50

What Threatens Your Skin as You Get Older

Aging affects the skin in ways you can’t always see in the mirror. These skin disorders can sometimes be serious enough to affect your quality of life.

By HealthAfter50

Shingles May Increase Stroke, Heart Attack Risk

People who have shingles may be at a higher risk of suffering a stroke or a heart attack, according to new research published in _PLOS Medicine. _ Shingles is a painful, blistering skin rash that can occur in people who have had chicken pox when they ...