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The management of herpes zoster


Zoster (shingles) is an acute infectious disease caused by a specific virus, probably identical with varicella (chickenpox) virus, for which there is no specific treatment. However the two diseases differ in their pathogenesis. Herpes zoster consists of two clinical elements - the lesions of the skin and mucous membranes of the eye and mouth, and those of the nervous system which are primarily responsible for the characteristic pain.

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