I have been wondering who named the herpes zoster virus "shingles"? And why? It seems such a misleadingly benign-sounding and slightly comic name for something neither benign or comic. I have been looking it up on the Internet (as you do) and in some cases it can be extremely serious. At least my attack is confined to my trunk, though that's bad enough. If the face is affected, it can cause blindness or deafness, even paralysis.
I'm feeling a little better today, the Aciclovir must be kicking in. Good.