A study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases showed patients with shingles had a 63% higher risk of stroke in the first month following the onset of the skin rash, but the risk declined during the next five months. Researchers also found that the risk of stroke was three times greater among patients who had the rash around one or both eyes. Patients treated with antiviral drugs, however, were less likely to suffer a stroke compared with those who didn't receive the drugs, researchers noted.

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