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Infectious Diseases

Shingles

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

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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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Vaccines

Newer Shingles Vaccine Is More Effective Than the Old One

Shingrix, a shingles vaccine approved by the FDA in 2017, is significantly more effective but carries a higher risk of side effects than Zostavax.

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Risk Factors

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.

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Complications

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).

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Prevention

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.

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Symptoms

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.

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Medication

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.

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Risk Factors

Shingles Vaccine: What You Should Know

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

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Treatment

Rheumatoid Arthritis and the Risk of Shingles

Rheumatoid arthritis patients have an increased risk for shingles, which can produce long-term complications. Here's what you should know.

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Symptoms

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.