What is Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

webmd_illustration_of_shingles_virus ShinglesShingles are painful skin rash that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. The virus is associated with chickenpox. Almost all adults who have had chickenpox have a chance for the varicella-zoster virus to remain in their body. Shingles can be referred to as chickenpox for older adults because it is from the same virus. There can be medications that may trigger the shingles rash, only after the virus is active again.The varicella virus can lie dormant for decades without causing any symptoms. Shingles occur when this virus wakes up and travels along he nerve fibers to the skin, resulting painful skin rash called shingles. Unlike chickenpox, shingles not as contagious. However, there is a small chance someone with the shingles rash can spread the virus to another person who has never had chickenpox or the vaccine.

Prevention and Exposure

Exposure to shingles is not a cause shingles. Someone who has shingles can expose you to the virus if you come in contact with the fluid within shingles blister. The shingles vaccine is called Zostavax. It is recommended for adults ages 60 and older, regardless or not if they’ve had shingles before Yous should ask your doctor about it if your are between the ages of 50 and 59. However, your insurance may not cover the vaccine.
You have an active breakout you help prevent it from spreading by covering any blisters that are not covered with your normal clothing.

Shingles or herpes zoster most commonly affects older audits and people who have weak immune systems, which can cause stress, medications, injury or variety of other reasons. Most people who develop shingles will get better over time and will not get it again. However, it is possible to have shingles more than once.

IF you do have shingles, it would be best to avoid contact people with weaken immune systems (such as someone with HIV infection or diabetes).
Pregnant women, newborns, children, or people who have never had chickenpox.
People who are currently ill.

Shingles Symptoms

Shingles occur in stages. There are symptoms such as a headache or sensitivity to light. You could also exhibit symptoms as if you had the flu, but without a fever.

Next, you may also feel tingling/numbness, burning and itching and pain from a certain area. The pain can be described as ” piercing needle against the skin.” This is where the strip or band small patch of the area where a rash begins to form a few days later. The rash is often more painful than itchy, located on the cheek, nose and around one eye (herpes zoster ophthalmic), which may threaten your sight unless you get prompt treatment. The rash then turns to clusters of painful blisters, later filling with fluid, finally dry out to form a crusty overlay. It normally takes about 2 to 4 weeks for blisters to heal. There may be scarring that remain after the blisters are gone. Some people will develop mild rashes and other won’t rash at all.

Other side effects are feelings of dizziness and weakness. You can have pain that last for an extended time or include a rash on your face, even spreading the rash. Some people experience changes in their vision and thought to process, If you experience any other symptoms you should contact your doctor immediately.

Shingles can be treated with a variety of different medicines. These medicines include antivirals as well as medicines for pain. It may be helpful to start antiviral medicine as soon as possible, to help heal a rash faster and alleviate it the pain.

It is important to have a good home care to recuperate quickly. It is essential to take care of skin sores and make sure they are clean. It is important to take medicines as director. Anyone who has had chickenpox has a higher risk of developing shingles.

There is a shingles vaccine for adults, which lowers the chance of getting shingles and prevents long-term pain from developing after the occurrence of shingles. The vaccine also helps the a person have less pain and quicker healing for the rash.

Health Life Media Team