Medical Q&As

Shingles

I recently have had shingles, how do I prevent it reoccuring?

Shingles is a virus infection that affects a particular nerve giving rise to the typical blistering rash in the skin overlying the nerve. It erupts most commonly on the trunk but can also affect the face. If it affects a particular nerve on the face it can extend onto the eye thereby raising the threat of blindness if not diagnosed and treated early. Sufferers may experience long-term pain after the rash has subsided due to irritation of the underlying nerve. Like many other viral infections you become immune to the virus after the infection has resolved therefore you donít need to worry about catching it again.