Herpes zoster develops when VZV is reactivated in the dorsal ganglia and migrates to adjacent sensory dermatomes, causing a rash. Following a course similar to that of chickenpox, the rash starts as maculopapular lesions, which evolve into vesicles and form scabs within 10 days. Complete healing of the vesicles may take up to 1 month.
What is shingles?
- Viral infection that causes painful rashes
- Can appear anywhere on your body
- Non life-threatening infection, but can be very painful
- Describe the signs and symptoms of herpes zoster virus infections and identify those individuals at risk.
- List the most current pharmaceutical treatment options for herpes zoster virus infections.
- Understand the importance to treating herpes zoster virus infections in a timely fashion to decrease associated complications.