Shingles - chickenpox virus

Shingles which is also called, chickenpox virus, Herpes zoster or zoster is most common identifiable as a localized skin rash. Blisters are also common on the rash, which also turns the skin reddish. This disease is caused by the reactivation of the Herpes zoster virus.
This should not be confused with genital herpes, which is transmitted by the herpes genitalis virus.

 

The chickenpox virus can remain dormant inside a body after a person has had this disease. At a certain point in can awaken, resulting in shingles. The awakened virus is then known as the Herpes zoster virus. This happens in about 1 in 5 people, who have had chickenpox in the past. The cause of this reactivation is not know, only the fact that the virus travels a sensory nerve into the skin and causes shingles. The main age group that is target by shingles are people 60 years or old. It is very unlikely for it to occur in younger people. Anyone who has had chickenpox has a chance of carrying the dormant virus that causes shingles.

Though the main cause for the reactivation of the chickenpox virus is not know, some factors are believed to a part in the awakening and transformation into the herpes zoster virus. These are : stress; fatigue; a weakened immune system (This may be age-related, disease-related, or a drug-related decrease in ability to keep the chickenpox virus in an inactive state.); cancer; radiation treatments; injury of the skin where the rash occurs; HIV/AIDS.

Because the disease travels along nerves it can affect many parts of the body. One of the first symptoms of shingle is an itching, burning, tingling, constant pain in a broad band on one side of the body. If this pain is present around the face, especially the eyes, you should seek medical help immediately.

Two to three days after these pains have occurred, a rash will appear. This rash is recognizable through raised red bumps and blisters. They will sometimes become filled with puss and scab over after 10-12 days. Only the rash will be present in some cases, but these are very few.

 

Eventually the rash will go away in two to three weeks as he scabs fall off. Scarring may occur from this. Some patients will develop postherpetic neuralgia. This means the pain will continue to occur if the rash has healed. As many as 15% of people who have shingles will remain with postherpetic neuralgia.

If you experience pain or a rash in a band on one side of their body, you should seek medical help. Medication against shingles is only effective for about 72 hours after the rash has developed. If on of the following conditions is present you should seek emergency medical help immediately: pain, redness, or rash (with or without blisters) on the face, especially if near the eye(s); shingles patients who develop a high fever or feel sick; if the blisters continue spreading to other areas of the body.

The fact that shingles only develops pain in a band on one side of the body makes it fairly easy for doctors to recognize and diagnose. This also helps it in being differentiated from other rashes such as hives or scabies.

A home treatment does not exist for shingles, and if a person has shingles symptoms they should be taken to a doctor. If these symptoms are present around the face nose or eyes, they should see a doctor immediately. After the medical treatment has been received, you can apply cool tap-water compresses to the blister to soothe them and help them dry up.

Pain relief medicine is very common in shingles patients, even after the antiviral medicine has been given. Thos who develop postherpetic neuralgia will require pain killers even after the initial treatment.

Shingles

Shingles which is also called, chickenpox virus, Herpes zoster or zoster is most common identifiable as a localized skin rash. Blisters are also common on the rash, which also turns the skin reddish. This disease is caused by the reactivation of the Herpes zoster virus. This should not be confused with genital herpes, which is transmitted by the herpes genitalis virus.

The chickenpox virus can remain dormant inside a body after a person has had this disease. At a certain point in can awaken, resulting in shingles. The awakened virus is then known as the Herpes zoster virus. This happens in about 1 in 5 people, who have had chickenpox in the past. The cause of this reactivation is not know, only the fact that the virus travels a sensory nerve into the skin and causes shingles. The main age group that is target by shingles are people 60 years or old. It is very unlikely for it to occur in younger people. Anyone who has had chickenpox has a chance of carrying the dormant virus that causes shingles.

Though the main cause for the reactivation of the chickenpox virus is not know, some factors are believed to a part in the awakening and transformation into the herpes zoster virus. These are : stress; fatigue; a weakened immune system (This may be age-related, disease-related, or a drug-related decrease in ability to keep the chickenpox virus in an inactive state.); cancer; radiation treatments; injury of the skin where the rash occurs; HIV/AIDS.

Because the disease travels along nerves it can affect many parts of the body. One of the first symptoms of shingle is an itching, burning, tingling, constant pain in a broad band on one side of the body. If this pain is present around the face, especially the eyes, you should seek medical help immediately.

Two to three days after these pains have occurred, a rash will appear. This rash is recognizable through raised red bumps and blisters. They will sometimes become filled with puss and scab over after 10-12 days. Only the rash will be present in some cases, but these are very few.

Eventually the rash will go away in two to three weeks as he scabs fall off. Scarring may occur from this. Some patients will develop postherpetic neuralgia. This means the pain will continue to occur if the rash has healed. As many as 15% of people who have shingles will remain with postherpetic neuralgia.

If you experience pain or a rash in a band on one side of their body, you should seek medical help. Medication against shingles is only effective for about 72 hours after the rash has developed. If on of the following conditions is present you should seek emergency medical help immediately: pain, redness, or rash (with or without blisters) on the face, especially if near the eye(s); shingles patients who develop a high fever or feel sick; if the blisters continue spreading to other areas of the body.

The fact that shingles only develops pain in a band on one side of the body makes it fairly easy for doctors to recognize and diagnose. This also helps it in being differentiated from other rashes such as hives or scabies.

A home treatment does not exist for shingles, and if a person has shingles symptoms they should be taken to a doctor. If these symptoms are present around the face nose or eyes, they should see a doctor immediately. After the medical treatment has been received, you can apply cool tap-water compresses to the blister to soothe them and help them dry up.

Pain relief medicine is very common in shingles patients, even after the antiviral medicine has been given. Thos who develop postherpetic neuralgia will require pain killers even after the initial treatment.

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