Shingles (herpes zoster)

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What is shingles (herpes zoster)?

Shingles is a disorder caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (chickenpox) that has remained dormant, often for decades, after the patient's initial exposure to the virus. It may cause severe pain and blistering along the path of the affected nerve.

Common symptoms reported by people with shingles (herpes zoster)

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people for shingles (herpes zoster)

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zovirax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
145
Tried for
shingles (herpes zoster) (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Valtrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
104
Tried for
shingles (herpes zoster) (7)

Data from patients with shingles (herpes zoster), who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with shingles (herpes zoster)

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zovirax)
Perceived effectiveness
for shingles (herpes zoster) (18 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea fatigue 2 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
shingles (herpes zoster) (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Valtrex)
Perceived effectiveness
for shingles (herpes zoster) (7 evaluations)
Side effects
upset stomach dizziness 1 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
shingles (herpes zoster) (7)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with shingles (herpes zoster), who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has shingles (herpes zoster) on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 2 new patients joined this month
  • 176 say shingles (herpes zoster) is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 19
30s 62
40s 86
50s 144
60s 157
70+ 103

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 139
Female 441

These charts show data from shingles (herpes zoster) patients who have completed their condition history
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