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Shingles Rash – Initial Symptom of Shingles Outbreak

By Sleat Gurion

Shingles also called the herpes zoster will lead to awfully painful skin rash. These shingles rashes are caused by the virus known as Vermicelli zoster virus, which is also said to cause chickenpox. If a people had suffered from chickenpox in the past, this virus stayed dormant in his nerve tissues. Due to any form of physical stresses if the immune system is weakened, the virus trigger to spreads all along the nerve fibres to the specific area of skin abounding by the concerned nerve described as dermatome. Once the Shingles rash appears in an affected body, it will also suffer from pain and itching or tingling sensation as well as burning sensation on the skin.

Shingles Rash takes the shape of blisters which appears like a chickenpox lesions. They are said to concentrate in a specific area where specific nerve is present. You will see blisters on the whole path of the patient’s nerve or just in confident areas given by the nerve. Shingles Rash as well as blisters burst after certain period which gradually crust over then heal.

The complete shingles outbreak will stay for more than three weeks. If a person next to the patient with Shingles does not have proper immunity either by to chickenpox vaccination or from previous infection, he will be easily caught by virus that travels all its way through the ruptured blisters of the infected person.

The pain due to shingles rashes is unbearable and can be compared to the pain that arises from appendicitis or heart attack and kidney stone. The pain varies depending on the nerve location where infection occurred.

Shingles is diagnosed by examining the growth of the featured shingles rashes. The rash duration can be lessened by the use of antiviral drugs but the effectiveness of such medicine is limited. The pain of shingles is sometimes controlled by using pain medications or steroids.

People with proper immune systems get well absolutely from shingles but recurrences are always viable. Since older people tend to be affected by this disease as they tend to have weak immune systems due to old age. Record found the shingles cases mostly in people over 60 years. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the year 2006 approved a vaccine called Zostavax, against shingles which is in fact the first vaccine of its kind. The vaccine is applicable to people over 60 years of age. The vaccine has proved to be 60% effective for reducing symptoms of this disease including Shingles Rashes and lessen at least two-third of the painful complication generally called postherpetic neuralgia.

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