Boots WebMD Partners in Health
Return To Boots

Shingles health centre

Shingles overview

Shingles is common later in life, and affects people who've already had chickenpox. Symptoms include pain and a rash on one side of the body. Older people are offered a vaccination to help reduce the risk of shingles.

A visual guide.

Get under your own skin.

RSS Feed | Help

Latest headlines

Promising treatment for chronic shingles pain

A new drug treatment has been found to be effective against postherpetic neuralgia - chronic pain resulting from nerve damage caused by shingles.

Read full article

Medications

Is shingles contagious?

You can get shingles only if you have already had chickenpox. Sometimes people think they haven't had chickenpox, but they may have been too young to remember having the disease, or they may have had such a mild case that it wasn't diagnosed at the time.

The herpes varicella-zoster virus that causes chickenpox retreats to nerves located near the spine, where the virus remains dormant until it re-emerges as shingles, often during a period of stress or weakened immunity.

Healthy skin newsletter

Skincare tips and treatment options.
Sign Up Now!

Popular slideshows & tools on BootsWebMD

woman looking at pregnancy test
Early pregnancy symptoms
donut on plate
The truth about sugar addiction
smiling_handsome_man
Put your best face forward
couple watching sunset
How much do you know?
foot being rubbed
What's causing your aching feet
smiling african american woman
Best kept secrets of healthy hair
assorted spices
Pump up the flavour with spices
fish n chips
Digestive problem foods to avoid
palm tree and beach
How to make it less stressful
woman with cucumbers on eyes
How to banish dark circles and bags
african american woman wiping sweat from forehead
Relief from excessive sweating
polka dot dress on hangar
Lose weight without dieting