Fast Five Quiz: Shingles

William James, MD

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December 11, 2019

Herpes zoster infection, often called "shingles," is a viral infection that occurs with reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). More than 95% of immunocompetent individuals aged 50 years or older are seropositive for VZV. Although usually a self-limited rash with pain, shingles can be far more serious. Acute cases can lead to postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), which can be severe and incapacitating.

Do you know key aspects of shingles, including proper approaches for diagnosis and treatment? Refresh and test your knowledge with this quick quiz.

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