Shingles

  • Deirdre Engler Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Mncengeli Sibanda Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Jean Motubatse Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Keywords: herpes zoster virus, postherpetic neuralgia, shingles, varicella zoster virus

Abstract

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is characterised primarily by a painful, blistering skin rash caused by a reactivation of varicella zoster virus from its latent state within a person’s body. It is commonly preceded by a unilateral burning pain, tingling sensation and skin tenderness. Postherpetic neuralgia is a common and debilitating complication of herpes zoster and can often impair the quality of life of the affected persons. This article provides a brief overview of shingles, including the clinical manifestations, management and prevention thereof.

Author Biographies

Deirdre Engler, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
BPharm, BScHons(Pharmacology), MScMed(Clinical Pharmacy) Lecturer School of Pharmacy Faculty of Health Sciences Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Mncengeli Sibanda, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
BPharm, MPharm, MSc(Pharmacology), MBA Lecturer School of Pharmacy Faculty of Health Sciences Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Jean Motubatse, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
BPharm, Academic Intern (Masters in Pharmacy) School of Pharmacy Faculty of Health Sciences Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Published
2017-11-01
Section
Reviews