Things You Should Know About Shingles

Things You Should Know About Shingles

Shingles (also called herpes zoster) is the most common type of viral skin infection among humans. Shingles commonly appears in the summer, then goes away on its own after 15- 20 days. This condition can cause painful and blistering rashes on any part of the body, especially on skin areas of mouth, neck and chest. Shingles is not serious, but it can leave scars and blackish marks on human’s skin. If you suffer shingles, you should use an anti-viral medicine to relieve its symptoms. Besides, antiviral medicine can help prevent further complications relating to nerve pain. Anti-viral medicine is considered the most effective treatment for shingles.

  1. The causes of shingles

* What causes shingles?

Varicella-zoster virus that causes chickenpox also causes shingles. After having chickenpox, this virus becomes inactive in human body. Then, it can occasionally reactivate when people suffer a weakened immune system because of stress, certain medicinal treatments, and injuries.

Anyone can have chances for shingles. This condition can be less contagious than chickenpox. But it can still spread the virus to other people. If the virus spreads to somebody who has not contracted shingles or chickenpox, the person will get chickenpox, not shingles. People with a weak immune system or newborns may get the highest risk of getting the virus from an infected person.

This virus spreads through skin- to- skin contact. For example, when you touch the blisters of infected people, you can be affected. Once the blisters scab and heal, shingles cannot be contagious.

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** Who gets shingles?

People often suffer from chickenpox before getting shingles. So, some people who have had chickenpox can increase the risk of shingles. These people are:

  • Over 50 years old.
  • With an injury or illness.
  • Under great stress.
  • With a weakened immune system.

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Moreover, people who experience medical treatments or hard illnesses can be more at risk of shingles. These include:

  • Cancers.
  • HIV/AIDS.
  • Cancer treatments, such as radiation or chemotherapy.
  1. Signs and Symptoms of Shingles

Despite developing from chickenpox, shingles tends to cause less itching and more pain than chickenpox. Common symptoms (what you feel) and signs (what you see) are:

  • Infected area. This condition usually affects a small area on one side of the body. It can make your skin tingled, itchy, burning and sensitive. This symptom often lasts for 1 to 3 days or longer. In some cases, shingles can come and go away on its own.
  • Rash: A rash commonly occurs in the same infected area.
  • These rashes then turn into some blisters. The blisters turn bloody or yellow before scabbing and healing. The blisters often last two to three weeks.
  • The blisters often cause pain. This symptom can be relieved by medicines. The pain often lasts for months until the blisters stop.
  • Flu-like symptoms. People with shingles may experience a fever, headache and nettle- rash.
  1. Diagnosis and treatment

* How do dermatologists diagnose shingles?

If you are suffering these above symptoms, you should go to see a dermatologist. He or she will look at the infected skin and ask some questions to diagnose the condition.

They may also remove a blister to get a sample. This sample can be examined under a microscope. Also, they give it to a laboratory for testing.

** How can shingles be treated?

vhDzgxHThe rash can go away on its own in a few weeks without treatment. But, in some cases, shingles may last for months or years. Thus, recommendation from a dermatologist can be very helpful.

It is important to treat shingles immediately. An early treatment can help relieve pain and prevent complications involved in nerve problems.

Singles causes serious pain. Thus, you need pain relievers to ease the pain.

Anti-viral medicine is the most effective treatment for shingles. This medicine may be prescribed by a doctor. Moreover, antiviral creams can work for shingles by relieving the symptoms and inactivating the virus. Prosux is an effective topical remedy in dealing with shingles. It contains antiviral ingredients and uses the power of nano medicine in stopping outbreaks. You can apply Prosux 3 times a day for the best result.

Corticosteroid. You can reduce pain and swelling by corticosteroid pills. This treatment is not common and even contains side effects (make the rash spread).

You should treat shingles as early as possible. In some cases, shingles can develop complications. For example: post-herpetic neuralgia, eye problems and bacterial infection.

  1. Tips for managing shingles

To reduce the pain and itchiness of shingles, you should:

  • Cool the rashes with cool baths, cool wet cloth or ice packs.
  • Apply calamine to the infected area.
  • Cover the infected skin with sterile, non-stick, loose bandages.
  • Wear loose cotton clothes.
  • Topical creams to relieve long-term painfulness.
  • Natural treatments. These are: vitamin C, honey, licorice and dietary remedy.

shingles6For prevention, you can:

  • Maintain good personal hygiene.
  • Get vaccinated.
  • Avoid contact with people who have chickenpox or shingles.
  • Do not share personal items.

Shingles is a common condition. Most people may experience shingles only once in their life. Some may see the recurrence in 2 to 3 times. This condition is not serious, but it sometimes develops hard complications. So, you should know some preventative tips and treatments to cope with the condition.

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