The viral infection of the nerve roots causes Shingles. It can further lead to severe medical condition known as postherpetic neuralgia. This disease is caused by the varicella zoster virus that also causes chickenpox. Shingles is not contagious. Some of the symptoms include extreme pain, headache, light sensitivity, itchiness due to occurrence of rash and even at times signs similar to flu.
HOW IS SHINGLES DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis is done by a dermatologist who would check the rash and do a skin test if needed to confirm the infection.
HOW IS SHINGLES TREATED?
While there is no cure for Shingles, but doctors prescribe medication and antiviral drugs to speed the healing process and reduce the risk of complication.
DID YOU KNOW?
Although Shingles is not a life-threatening condition, it can be very painful.