Herpes Zoster Shingles


Shingles, otherwise known as herpes zoster, has been around for many years. There have been recorded occurrences of shingles from 100 years ago. But cases started to appear 250 years ago in the 18th century. In 1767, Scientist William Heberden discovered what distinguishes shingles. Dr. Jonas Von Bokay discovered that shingles and chicken pox originated from the same bacterial group. In 1953, Thomas Weller confirmed this connection with thorough research in his lab. No one knows where it originated from because the disease is very old.


The symptoms for shingles are fairly vague. They may include headaches, dizziness, and sensitivity to light. Unlike other pathogens, shingles does not contain a fever. An itchy sensation will occur and a rash will appear. The rash will start to blister and it will be painful to the touch.



Currently, there is no cure for shingles but there are many medications that are able to numb the pain of the harmful pathogen. Taking a prescribed antiviral medication prevents the disease and cuts the risk of developing the herpes zoster pain and complications. There are painkillers and analgesic creams to diminish the pain. Antibiotics rubbed on the rash will prevent the area from infection.


Related diseases and symptoms include Swollen Lymph Nodes, Staph Infection, Fevers, and Peripheral Nueropathy.


The virus is spread at the blister phase of the rash. However, it is not contagious outside of the blister phase.


Herpes Zoster has impacted the fields of science and medicine, especially in the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, by helping them prevent and develop shingles into a less harmful pathogen. The NINDS is attempting to develop a drug to treat the complications of shingles. The second goal is to understand the disease well enough to prevent it. The third goal is to study how it travels around in the cells.


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