Herpes Zoster: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

Two vaccines may help prevent shingles the chickenpox (varicella) vaccine and the shingles (varicella-zoster) vaccine.

Watch Out

  • Cloudy liquid in the blisters
  • Dizziness or weakness
  • Tongue drooping and loss of taste
  • Red vesicles on ear canal

When to See Doctor

Consult a doctor
If you have any symptoms of shingles like:
  • Red patches on the skin, followed by small blisters
  • Fever and chills
  • General ill feeling
  • Headache
  • Joint pain
  • Swollen glands (lymph nodes)
Shingles that affects the eye may lead to permanent blindness if you do not receive emergency medical care.

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