Herpes zoster

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La culebrilla o herpes zoster es una condición causada por el mismo virus que causa la varicela. El virus puede permanecer inactivo en el cuerpo durante muchos años y luego emerger de nuevo como culebrilla. Esta condición aparece como una erupción dolorosa y consiste en parches rojos de piel con pequeñas ampollas (vesículas) muy similares a las de la varicela en sus primeras etapas. La culebrilla usualmente desaparece en dos o tres semanas y casi nunca recurre.

Herpes zoster

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  • Last reviewed on 6/6/2013
  • Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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