TRUE or FALSE
Shingles 1 The main symptom is a painful rash. True False 2 It doesn’t require medical attention. True False 3 It’s caused by the chickenpox virus. True False 4 Shingles has no cure. True False
1 True Shingles is an infection of a nerve and its surrounding skin. The main characteristic is a painful rash that develops into itchy blisters. 2 FALSE Shingles isn’t usually serious, but you should see your GP when you recognise symptoms, as early treatment can reduce severity. 3 True After chickenpox is gone, the virus remains dormant. Shingles occurs when it is reactivated, though it’s not clear why this happens. 4True There’s no cure, but treatment can relieve symptoms until the condition resolves. These include painkillers and antiviral medication.