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It is possible for the zoster virus to activate and cause some of the symptoms of shingles without a rash appearing, according to the New York Times. This condition is called zoster sine herpete and is most common in the... More »

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Shingles pain unaccompanied by the shingles rash is uncommon but still possible, according to Mayo Clinic. Known as zoster sine herpete, this type of shingles occurs more often in elderly patients and can be more difficu... More »

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Internal shingles treatments, such as prescribed antiviral medications, work best when taken 24 to 72 hours after the shingles rash appears, according to National Shingles Foundation. Acyclovir, famciclovir and valaciclo... More »

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To identify shingles in children or any other patient, doctors can check for the classic symptom associated with this condition, which is a rash consisting of red spots that become blisters within 24 hours, notes the New... More »

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Cases in which the shingles rash does not appear are known as zoster sine herpete. In these instances, all symptoms of shingles except the rash are present, making early diagnosis more difficult, according to the New Yor... More »

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Varicella zoster virus causes shingles pain. This virus also causes chickenpox. When a person recovers from chickenpox, varicella zoster virus does not fully clear from the body but remains dormant in the nerve tissue. I... More »

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If you are infected with shingles and have developed a rash with blisters, you can infect other people you with the varicella zoster virus, states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is not possible to tra... More »

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