Can You Have Shingles On The Palms Of Your Hands?


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Herpes zoster, commonly known as shingles and also known as zona, is a viral disease characterized by a painful skin rash with blisters in a limited area on one side of the body, often in a stripe. The initial infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV) causes the acute illness chickenpox which generally occurs in children and young people. Once an episode of chickenpox has resolved, the virus is not eliminated from the body but can go on to cause shingles an illness with very different symptoms often many years after the initial infection.  Shingles can affect most commonly the neck, chest and back. It can also affect scalp, fingers and palms of the hands.

Despite the similarity of name, herpes zoster is not the same disease as herpes simplex, although both the varicella zoster virus and herpes simplex virus belong to the same viral subfamily.

Varicella zoster virus can become latent in the nerve cell bodies and less frequently in non-neuronal satellite cells of dorsal root, cranial nerve or autonomic ganglion, without causing any symptoms. Years or decades after a chickenpox infection, the virus may break out of nerve cell bodies and travel down nerve axons to cause viral infection of the skin in the region of the nerve. The virus may spread from one or more ganglia along nerves of an affected segment and infect the corresponding dermatome, an area of skin supplied by one spinal nerve, causing a painful rash. Although the rash usually heals within two to four weeks, some sufferers experience residual nerve pain for months or years, a condition called postherpetic neuralgia. Exactly how the virus remains latent in the body, and subsequently re-activates is not understood

Throughout the world the incidence rate of herpes zoster every year ranges from 1.2 to 3.4 cases per 1,000 healthy individuals, increasing to 3.9-11.8 per year per 1,000 individuals among those older than 65 years.
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Shingles is caused by virus called varicella-zoster virus. This is the same virus which causes chickenpox. First this virus causes chickenpox and after the treatment, this virus become dormant for many years and appear next time as shingles. Shingles can affect most commonly neck, chest and back. It can also affect scalp, fingers and palms of the hands. For pictures, visit shingles on fingers andhands.

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