A to Z: Herpes Zosterenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about viral infections and causes of skin conditions.Herpes zoster, shingles, zoster, skin rash, chickenpox, varicella, varicella zoster virus, VZV, viral infection, antiviral medications, antihistamines, chickenpox vaccine, VZV vaccine, nervous system, chest, back, face08/14/201301/08/202001/08/202070b8e02d-26ac-4a96-aa6d-23a8890b8900https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-zoster.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-atoZDictionary-enBT.jpg" alt="A to Z Dictionary 500 Go" name="5093-P_ATOZDICTIONARY2_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p><em>May also be called: Shingles; Zoster</em></p> <p>Herpes zoster is a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/skin-hair-nails.html/">skin</a> rash caused by a viral infection of the nerves just below the skin.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Herpes zoster, commonly called&nbsp;<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/shingles.html/">shingles</a>, is caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/chicken-pox.html/">chickenpox</a>. After someone has had chickenpox, the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/germs.html/">virus</a> stays in that person's <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/brain-nervous-system.html/">nervous system</a> for life, even though the chickenpox goes away. Anyone who has had chickenpox may later develop herpes zoster &mdash; even children.</p> <p>Herpes zoster usually appears as a stripe of irritated skin and blisters on one side of the chest or back, but it can happen anywhere on the body, including on the face and near the eyes. Many cases of shingles cause only mild symptoms, but more severe cases can be very painful.</p> <p>The virus&nbsp;is highly contagious, and infection can cause chickenpox in someone who hasn't already had chickenpox or gotten the chickenpox vaccine.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Most kids who have been <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/varicella-vaccine.html/">vaccinated</a> against VZV won't have to worry about chickenpox or shingles. People who have had chickenpox may get herpes zoster someday, but medical treatment and home remedies can help ease symptoms, especially if treatment is started as early as possible.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
ChickenpoxChickenpox used to be common in kids, causing a very itchy red rash all over the body. But the good news is that a vaccine can prevent most cases.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/chicken-pox.html/34caabeb-2cf0-41e8-b236-d3714ba46d03
Immunization ScheduleWhich vaccines does your child need and when? Use this immunization schedule as a handy reference.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/immunization-chart.html/ffd3d367-78ea-4bb9-852d-c02db5722b6b
ShinglesShingles isn't very common in kids - it mostly affects older people. Find out what causes shingles, symptoms to watch for, and what to do if your child has it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/shingles.html/029a000a-c0c2-4975-a3c0-c63bb70ca164
Word! Varicella ZosterThis is the medical name for the virus that causes chicken pox, which is known for its red, itchy bumps.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-varicella-zoster.html/82432309-37bd-4914-b563-168c4800d9b6
Your Child's Immunizations: Chickenpox VaccineFind out when and why your child needs to get this vaccine.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/varicella-vaccine.html/8200f404-f5dc-4c95-9085-c18cf924297d