What is Shingles Disease?
Herpes zoster, otherwise known as shingles, affects millions of people in the Unites States every year. Occurring as the second attack of chickenpox, it is characterized with painful red rash that turns into blisters which contains a clear fluid. Like chickenpox, shingles is caused by varicella zoster virus (VZV) that stayed dormant in the body after a previous chickenpox infection. Chickenpox usually occurs during childhood. Later in life, if the immune system becomes compromised, the virus can reactivate and come again in the form of shingles zoster. The immune system can be compromised when the person experiences prolonged stress, has HIV/AIDS, takes anti rejection medications, and undergoes chemotherapy.
What are the symptoms of Shingles Disease?
The symptoms vary according to the nerves involved, thus, shingles can affect many parts of the body. Most often, the first symptom starts as a gross sensitivity or pain on one side of the body. This can be felt as tingling, burning, itching, continuous aching or sharp, deep pain that resembles a “lightning bolt”. One to three days after the onset of pain, the red rash and blisters appear on the same area where the pain is felt. They become filled with pus and by about ten to twelve days, they form scabs. In the next two to three weeks, the rash disappears and scabs fall off possibly leaving scars on the skin.
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