• What is shingles?

    Shingles can be recognised by an outbreak of a painful rash or blisters on the skin which are isolated to one side of the body.

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  • Shingles can lead to complications

    Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a chronic and debilitating form of long term nerve pain. PHN is a common yet little-known complication of shingles.

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  • SPEAK UP AGAINST SHINGLES

    Five Australians share their experience of shingles and post herpetic neuralgia (PHN).

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Shingles can lead to painful long lasting complications

Shingles can be recognised by an outbreak of a painful rash or blisters on the skin which are isolated to one side of the body.

A common yet little known complication of shingles is post herpetic neuralgia (PHN), a debilitating form of nerve damage pain.

For further information about shingles, including prevention and treatment options, speak to your doctor.

Get the facts

WHAT CAUSES SHINGLES?

The chickenpox virus can reactivate at a later time causing shingles.

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WHO IS AT RISK OF DEVELOPING SHINGLES?

The risk of developing shingles increases markedly from age 50, even in otherwise healthy adults.

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WHAT IS POST HERPETIC NEURALGIA (PHN)?

A common but little known complication of shingles, postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a debilitating form of nerve damage.

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Shingles Interview with Dr Deb

Watch a TV interview with Dr Deborah Mills who speaks about the risk and pain of shingles:

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Resources

For further information about shingles and complications such as PHN, the following resources can be downloaded.