Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Treatment In Boardman, OH

Learn to Spot & Cure The Shingles Virus

Shingles is a painful rash caused by herpes varicella zoster, a virus that is dormant inside any person who has recovered from chickenpox. Usually, the rash lasts two to four weeks and affects one side of the face or body. Blisters are commonly present in the outbreak for seven to ten days. In the United States, one out of every three people will develop shingles in their lifetime. Any person who has had chickenpox can suffer from shingles. Shingles also affects people of all ages, but the risks of an outbreak increase with age. Higher risks of shingles are also present in people who have weakened immune systems.

Early indications of shingles occur between one and five days before the rash appears. At this time, a person will experience itching, tingling, or stabbing pain in the area where the rash will develop.

Commonly, the shingles rash appears on either the right or left side of the body. It can also form across one side of the face. In people with immunodeficiency, the rash can be more extensive on the body. Additional symptoms of shingles resemble those of chickenpox, including fever, headache, chills, and upset stomach.

It is unknown what causes the varicella zoster virus to reactivate in the body later in life. Unlike chickenpox, shingles is not contagious and cannot pass between people. Although, when a person has shingles that is in the blister stage, the virus can spread from that person to someone who has never had chickenpox.

Vaccination is the only known treatment to reduce the risks of shingles. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults over fifty years of age have the shingles vaccine administered twice.

Treatments for shingles include antiviral medicines. These drugs can shorten the duration of the shingles outbreak as well as mitigate some of its symptoms. For the best results, the time to consult a physician about treatments is at the earliest appearance of symptoms of shingles. Home remedies that dermatologists suggest to relieve the discomfort of shingles include wet compresses, oatmeal baths, and calamine lotions.

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