Most commonly known as shingles, herpes zoster is a viral infection, the same one that causes chicken pox in young children. The symptoms of shingles often start as a burning pain or tingling in the affected area. Shortly after, a painful, blistering rash may appear.
Shingles symptoms, including discomfort, can be milder and the duration shortened when treated with anti-viral medications and occasionally nerve pain therapy. If untreated, shingles can result in scarring, long-lasting nerve pain, or even visual impairment if the face is involved.