Shingles is a painful condition caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone can get it, but it's most common in older people.


The main symptom of shingles is a painful, blotchy rash on 1 side of your body. It mainly affects the skin, but can sometimes affect the eyes too.


Medicine from a doctor can help speed up your recovery from shingles if it's taken within 3 days of the symptoms starting, but not everyone needs it.

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