Shingles is a painful skin rash that is caused by a viral infection (varicella zoster virus). The skin rash appears as a band or a strip on one side of the body. The condition is also sometimes referred to as herpes zoster. Shingles is more common in older adults and people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms for this condition appear in stages. At first, you may feel a headache and flu-like symptoms without the fever. Later, there will be itching, pain and tingling sensation in a certain area. That’s where the rash will develop and will turn into fluid filled blisters. Some people may also experience changes in vision.
HOW IS SHINGLES DIAGNOSED?
A General Physician diagnoses Shingles by the appearance of the rash and history of pain on one side of the body. In most of the cases, the doctor may take a tissue scraping or culture of the blisters for examination in the laboratory.
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?
Most people who get shingles will get better and will not get it again but it may recur in some individuals. People who have had chickenpox are more susceptible to get shingles.