Herpes Zoster

Patricia Donahue Baldwin

herpes simplex virus
CJON 2002, 6(1), 55-59. DOI: 10.1188/02.CJON.55-58

Herpes zoster is an acute viral skin infection that results from reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus (VZV) in sensory dorsal root ganglia. Herpes zoster is characterized by unilateral vesicular eruption and neurologic pain in a dermatomal pattern. The condition commonly is referred to as “shingles” or “zoster.”

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