Painful Health Conditions: Shingles
Shingles is a skin rash characterised by pain and blistering which usually appears on one side of the face or body.
The virus responsible for shingles can be spread to a person who has not had chickenpox disease or vaccinations when a person comes into contact with the fluid contained in the blisters, either directly or indirectly.
A person who has never had chickenpox, but comes into contact with a case of shingles, would develop chickenpox (not shingles).
Treatment is most effective within three days of the rash appearing.
A vaccine is available for people aged 50 years and over.