|Description:||This image depicts a close view of the penis and scrotum of an adult male upon which lesions were evident that were diagnosed as a herpes-zoster outbreak due to the Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) pathogen. Note the maculopapular lesions on the glans penis, and anterior scrotal skin.|
The VZV pathogen may lay dormant in the spinal nerve roots through a chickenpox-infected individual’s life, only manifesting its presence through outbreaks as shingles, or herpes zoster. Many factors may be responsible for initiating a spontaneous outbreak such as age, stress, and immunocompromised conditions. Shingles is a painful infection, which may include a blistering rash and severe burning pain, tingling, or extreme sensitivity to the skin. Symptoms last about a month. Approximately one in five people in the United States develops shingles.