Tag: herpes zoster

Shingles is a condition marked by a very painful localized rash that may take several weeks to resolve.  It occurs mainly in older individuals who had chicken pox in their youth. According to a study published online December 28 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, asthma is an unrecognized risk factor for herpes zoster (shingles) in adults. They advise that adults over 50 who have asthma should be vaccinated against shingles.