Herpes zoster in hospitalized adults: Practice gaps, new evidence, and remaining questions.

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Herpes zoster in hospitalized adults: Practice gaps, new evidence, and remaining questions.

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018 Jan;78(1):223-230.e3

Authors: Ahronowitz I, Fox LP

Abstract
Herpes zoster can present many uncertainties for consulting dermatologists. We review the current guidelines and recent literature on important issues that arise in the care of hospitalized patients with herpes zoster, including infection control isolation practices, treatment courses for zoster and acute zoster-associated pain, and indications for long-term prophylaxis. We present the findings of an inpatient zoster management practices survey of the membership of the Society of Dermatology Hospitalists, an expert resource group of the American Academy of Dermatology, and discuss directions for future investigation and potential opportunities for management improvements in light of these collective data.

PMID: 29146146 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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