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Shingles: Symptoms and Treatment

It is a viral infection that causes a painful shingles rash. Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body.

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It is a viral infection that causes a painful shingles rash. Despite the fact that shingles can develop on any part of your body. . It usually appears as a single strip of blisters that covers the left or right side of the body. The disease, that is, shingles causes chicken-pox.

It is brought on by the same virus that causes chickenpox; varicella-zoster. After you’ve had chickenpox. The virus is inactive in the nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus can turn into a recurring shingles.

Although not a life-threatening condition, it can become very painful. Vaccines can lower the chance of developing the disease. In early treatment can help shorten the infection and reduce the chance of complications.

Symptoms

The symptoms of shingles usually only affect a small part of your body. These signs and symptoms may include:


Pain, burning, numbness or tingling
Sensitivity to touch
Red rash
Fluid-filled blisters that open and crust
Itching


In some of them;

Fire
Headache
Light sensitivity
Tiredness


Pain is often the first sign of shingles. It can be intense for some. Depending on the location of the pain. It may occasionally be misdiagnosed as a sign of issues with the heart, lungs, or kidneys. Some persons with shingles suffer only the pain.

The most common shingles rash develops as a strip of blisters. It covers the left or right side of your body. Sometimes the rash appears around one eye, on one side of the neck or face.

Shingles Treatment

The treatment of it is to relieve the symptoms that occur in general. Infected people must be at home for protection during their shingles contagious period. Itching complaints are controlled by applying lotion on the skin. Cleaning the lesions daily with warm water prevents a second infection. For high fever in people, drugs containing acetaminophen are used.

What are the Drugs Used in Shingles?

The shingles disease seen in adults has a more serious course. For this reason, antiviral drugs with acyclovir or valacyclovir active ingredient may be prescribed. The mentioned drugs are especially effective in the first 24 to 48 hours after the appearance of the rash. Treatment of patients can be supplemented with fluid intake, antipyretic (antipyretic), and antipruritic drugs (anti-histamine). Antiviral drugs are generally used in shingles in adults and pregnant women. Because these people can develop serious complications from the disease. Generally, all drugs used in the treatment of the disease are taken orally. But antiviral drugs can be given intravenously in people with immune deficiency.

There may also be the use of other drugs applied by physicians.

Thanks to the types of tapes applied on the skin, pain control can be achieved. These are the tapes with the active ingredient of lidocaine. Apart from lidocaine, skin patches containing capsaicin, which is normally found in hot pepper, can also be used. The fact that these tapes cause a burning sensation makes their use difficult.
It is used in antiepileptic drugs to control the pain caused by the nerves of the disease.
Various antidepressants can be used in it for patients who have extreme pain and cannot sleep at night.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the 1st signs of shingles?

Pain, burning, numbness or tingling
Sensitivity to touch
Red rash that starts a few days after the pain
Fluid-filled blisters that open and crust
Itching

What causes you to get shingles?

The virus varicella-zoster, is what causes the shingles.

What is the most common treatment for shingles?

Treatment of patients generally is supported with fluid intake, antipyretic (antipyretic), and antipruritic drugs (anti-histamine). Antiviral drugs are generally used in shingles in adults and pregnant women.

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