Shingles is a viral infection that results in the development of a painful rash. Shingles can occur at any part of your body, but commonly occurs as a single stripe blisters around the left or right side of torso. Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Symptoms are:
• Pain or burning sensation
• Numbness or tingling
• A red rash that begins a few days after the pain
• Fluid filled blisters that break and crust all over
• Sensitivity to light
HOW IS SHINGLES DIAGNOSED?
The general physician identifies the area of rash and other symptoms and accordingly recommends laboratory tests. The doctor may suggest herpes test for accurate diagnosis.
HOW IS SHINGLES TREATED?
The treatment here includes using both oral and topical antiviral medications that help to control the same. Also, the individual should avoid scratching the area and wear loose clothes. Rest is recommended here for faster healing and infecting others.
DID YOU KNOW?
There is a vaccination available for Shingles that cannot stop you from getting the infection 100%, but if you do get it the symptoms are usually very mild.