One of the most painful kinds of rash that happens because of zoster virus is referred to as Shingles. It usually happens in older and weaker people with very poor immunity levels. The symptoms start off with a mild fever or body pain along with sensitivity to light. Then a rash develops that is very much painful and gradually turns into a group of blisters.
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?
There is no cure for Shingles, only symptomatic relief is possible. Treatment with antiviral medication may speed up recovery. Anticonvulsant medication, an injection of corticosteroids and local anesthetics provide relief from symptoms.
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.