Can you get shingles on your feet?

Answer

Shingles can occur anywhere on the body, including the feet, according to the Mayo Clinic. The Mayo Clinic notes that shingles usually present as a single band of blisters wrapping around one side of the torso.

According to WebMD, shingles is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus, which also causes chicken pox. WebMD explains that once a person has had chicken pox, the varicella zoster virus lies dormant in his body where it sometimes becomes reactivated when the body's immune system is compromised due to stress, aging or disease. When this happens, shingles appears. The condition lasts two to four weeks during which time the patient is treated with anti-viral medications and pain medications, according to WebMD.

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