Shingles (Herpes Zoster)Is an infection of skin and nerve around it, which is caused by varicella-zoster virus that also causes chicken pox. It's estimated that around 1 in every 4 people will have at least one episode of shingles during their life. Shingles is not usually serious but complications such as meningitis,encephalitis, permanent vision problem if left untreated can happen.
SymptomsMain symptom is pain followed by a rash developing into blisters similar to chicken pox. The pain can vary from mild to severe. New blisters may come out up to a week but after a few days of appearance, it may turn yellowish, flat and dry out. Scabs are then formed that can leave slight scarring and loss of skin pigment. Symptoms usually lasts from 2 to 4 weeks, and usually affects a specific area on just one side of the body.
TransmissionIt's not possible to catch shingles from someone with the condition or from someone with chickenpox. Acquiring chickenpox from someone infected with Shingles is uncommon but can happen.
If a person has not had chickenpox before, direct contact with an open blister or something that has fluid on it, the virus can be contracted and can develop chickenpox. Shingles are contagious until the last blister has dried out and scabbed over.