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?
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?
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.