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Herpes Zoster in the Emergency Department

Potential for Severe Outcomes

Martinez, Nicole, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, ENP-C, PHN; Arts, Serena, MSN, ANP-BC, CWCN

Section Editor(s): Martinez, Nicole MSN, RN, FNP-BC, ENP-C, PHN; Column Editor

doi: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000215

An estimated one million cases of herpes zoster are reported in the United States annually. Although most cases of herpes zoster are self-limiting and require little interventions, some occurrences can result in potentially debilitating and/or life-threatening outcomes. The purpose of this article is to discuss the incidence, potential complications, treatment, and preventive measures of herpes zoster. A case report is utilized to emphasize the importance of a thorough evaluation and consideration of complications.

University of San Diego, San Diego, California.

Corresponding Author: Nicole Martinez, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, ENP-C, PHN, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110 (

Disclosure: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

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