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Herpes Zoster

Jennifer F. Wilson
Ann Intern Med. 2011;154(5):ITC3-1. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-154-5-201103010-01003
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Herpes zoster, a painful skin rash that is commonly known as shingles, occurs in approximately 1 million people in the United States annually (1). Herpes zoster can develop in anyone who has had varicella (chickenpox). About 95% of the adult U.S. population has had varicella and thus can have herpes zoster. Approximately one third of persons will have an episode of herpes zoster, and the frequency increases with increasing age. Herpes zoster occurs when the varicella zoster virus, which causes both varicella and herpes zoster, is reactivated from its latent state in the dorsal root or cranial nerve ganglia and spreads through the afferent nerve to the skin.

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Figure 1.

Clusters of vesicles with surrounding erythema, characteristic of early herpes zoster.

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