• Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Definition


Shingles (Herpes zoster) is a common viral infection of the nerve roots, caused by the human herpes virus 3 i.e. HHV3, the same virus that causes chickenpox. It is characterized by an outbreak of fluid-filled skin blisters along the path of a nerve (dermatomal pattern) with mild to severe nerve pain, generally affecting one side of the body.