Raised red bumps and blisters caused by shingles virus
Raised red bumps and blisters caused by shingles virus

Raised red bumps and blisters caused by the shingles virus. According to reports, almost 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles, also known as zoster or herpes zoster, in their lifetime. 

Skin infected with herpes zoster virus on the arms of a person
Skin infected with herpes zoster virus on the arms of a person

Herpes zoster (shingles) is an acute, cutaneous viral infection caused by the reactivation of varicella-zoster virus (VZV), a herpesvirus that also causes varicella (chickenpox).

Raised red bumps and blisters due to shingles
Raised red bumps and blisters due to shingles

A close-up view of raised red bumps and blisters caused by shingles on the skin of a patient.

A man with shingles
A man with shingles

Shingles are caused by the varicella zoster virus. It is the same virus that causes chicken pox. Shingles cause a painful and itchy rash that can affect any part of the body, but often it appear as a single strip of blisters on one side of the body or face.

Signs and symptoms of shingles
Signs and symptoms of shingles

Raised red bumps and blisters caused by shingles on skin of a patient.