August 21, 2010 One of the many skin conditions that might send you running to the doctor is shingles. Certainly, a specialist in dermatology like Dr. Lawrence Jaeger of Larchmont, New York, can help you to understand shingles better and to know how to deal with it. Shingles is a common viral infection of the nerves. It creates a painful rash or small blisters on the skin and can cause burning or shooting pains, usually on one side of the body or face. Shingles is actually caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, the varicella-zoster virus. The virus lies dormant in certain nerves after you’ve had chickenpox. It is most common in people with a depressed immune system and in people over 50. Symptoms could include skin sensitivity or pain the area where the rash will develop. A rash or blisters that turn yellow and dry. Other symptoms could include upset stomach, feeling ill, fever, and headache.