Shingles is described a painful skin rash on the skin, it is an infection from the same virus - varicella zoster virus- that results in chickenpox. If you have had chickenpox before, the virus remains the body and may reactivate as shingles years later.
Sign and symptoms
Usually before the rash develops, tingling and pain are felt. Pimple-like blisters are seen on the red rash area along with itching, burning, or fever, headache, or fatigue. The shingles rash mostly affects one side of the body, it may probably develop on the face, on eye lids which can cause redness and swelling around the eyelids, itchiness and irritation of the eye.
Shingles rash can develop on any people who have had chicken pox. Risk of shingles increases among people aged over 50 or having the disease such as HIV/AIDS which weaken the immune system weaken. Similarly, undergoing cancer treatment leaves people vulnerable to the disease and increase the chance of having shingles rash.
After recovery, some people may still experience the pain in the area affected by shingles. Known as postherpetic neuralgia, the nerve pain may last a few months or even many years after the rash has disappeared. Postherpetic neuralgia frequently occurs among older people who get shingles then people aged below 40 years. Complications such as inflammation, damage of the eye or even vision loss may occur to the eye if shingles formed on the eyelids or around the eye.
Antiviral medications are prescribed by the doctor to control the rash or infection and reduce the chance of complications. Some people may also require pain killer to ease the pain. It takes between two and six weeks for shingles rash to recover and disappear. To help relieve the symptoms, you should keep the rash clean and dry, and wear loose-fitting clothing. Shingles is not a serious condition; and vaccine is available to prevent the disease.
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