Shingles (herpes zoster)

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What is Shingles (herpes zoster)?

A disorder caused by reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus that has remained dormant, often for decades, after the patient's initial exposure to varicella (chickenpox). It is characterized by severe nerve pain along the distribution of the affected nerve and red blister type rash over the area.

What is it like to have Shingles (herpes zoster)?

Common symptoms How bad it is What people are taking for it
Alprazolam, Lorazepam, Clonazepam
Rest, Armodafinil, Modafinil
Sertraline, Bupropion, Duloxetine
Valacyclovir, Famciclovir, Triamcinolone
Amitriptyline, Melatonin, Zolpidem
Tramadol, Gabapentin, Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen
Pregabalin, Amitriptyline, Gabapentin

What do patients take to treat Shingles (herpes zoster) and its symptoms?

Treatments reported by members Perceived effectiveness Overall rating of side effects # of Evaluations

(Zovirax Topical, Zovirax)






These charts show data from Shingles patients’ latest treatment evaluations
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Shingles (herpes zoster) on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 239 patients have this condition
  • 3 new patients joined this month
  • 40 say Shingles is their primary condition

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 16
30s 26
40s 48
50s 71
60s 35
70+ 10


Distribution of females vs. males

77% Females
23% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 10
20-29 years 22
30-39 years 25
40-49 years 26
50-59 years 26
60-69 years 6
70+ years 1

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 155
Not Diagnosed 7

These charts show data from Shingles patients who have completed their condition history
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