- Shingles (WebMD.com)
"Shingles is a painful skin rash camera. It is caused by the varicella zoster virus. Shingles usually appears in a band, a strip, or a small area on one side of the face or body. It is also called herpes zoster."
- Shingles: Incredibly Painful (ABC News)
"Shingles is an extremely painful condition, because it infects the nerves and causes widespread blistering over the body. After the blisters heal, however, the nerve pain can remain for months, or years, a condition called postherpetic neuralgia."
"However, there's new hope that the disease may become a thing of the past. The Food and Drug Administration today approved Zostavax, a vaccine against shingles. Zostavax could potentially prevent this disease in half of the 250,000 people who develop it each year, a majority of whom are older than 60." 05-06