Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash with blisters caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. It is not the same as the herpes virus that causes genital herpes.
Anyone who has ever had the chickenpox is at risk of shingles, because the virus hibernates in the body and can resurface as shingles when the body undergoes stress or illness – whether emotional or physical. In most cases of shingles, however, it’s not clear why the virus reactivates.
Shingles can be spread to those who have never had chickenpox, but it cannot be spread to people who have had chickenpox.
Symptoms of shingles initially include headache, fever and a general feeling of not being well. They are often followed by painful burning sensations, itching, oversensitivity and a tingling or numbness. A skin rash follows anywhere from one day to three weeks and later forms into small blisters.
There is no cure for herpes zoster, and treatment for shingles is usually to limit the severity and length of pain.
Coastal Carolina Research Center conducts many clinical trials each year, including some pertaining to herpes zoster, or shingles. Our shingles clinical trials pay each study participant a monetary compensation as well as providing free study-related healthcare.
If you are interested in being considered for one of our future herpes zoster/shingles studies, please click here to submit your interest, and the next shingles clinical study we obtain we promise to contact you.
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