How severe is herpes zoster (shingles)?

Updated: Jan 25, 2019
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Herpes zoster manifests in many ways. It should not be considered simply a self-limited dermatomal rash with pain. VZV infection is an acute neurologic disease that warrants immediate evaluation. That VZV is always a benign disorder is a common misperception. Once VZV infection resolves, many individuals continue to suffer pain—a condition known as postherpetic neuralgia (PHN).


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