General info about Shingles

Shingles' or 'Herpes Zoster' are painful skin rashes that appear usually on the side of the chest wall as a band. It is caused by reactivation of the dormant chicken pox virus- varicella zoster.

The word 'shingles' comes from the Latin word 'cingulum' meaning 'girdle'. This is due to a classical band of blisters encircling the side of the torso resembling a 'girdle'. Shingles can also affect other parts of the body such as the neck, face and scalp. The term 'herpes' comes from the Greek word meaning, 'to creep.'

Shingles is a secondary infection; a second outbreak of the 'chicken pox virus'. This means that shingles particularly affects those who have previously suffered an attack of chicken pox.

The condition is excruciatingly painful as it involves the nerves. It is difficult to diagnose in the early stage when pain is the only symptom.Once the one-sided rash and blisters appear, it is more readily identified as these rashes follow the distribution of a nerve branch.

It is not a life threatening condition, but shingles can produce such acute pain. A mere touch may cause the pain, which may last for several months even after the rashes have disappeared. The condition is then called 'post herpatic neuralgia'

Shingles is an infectious disease and hence the afflicted person may pass on the virus to any individual who has not had an attack of chicken pox. These individuals may develop full-blown chicken pox, instead of shingles.

Pregnant women and new -borns also belong to the high-risk category. The disease cannot be passed on to anyone who has already had an attack of chicken pox and in whom the immune system is in a healthy state.

It is primarily a disease of the elderly, but it can occasionally affect young individuals as well.

Early treatment with anti-viral medication reduces pain and the associated complications.

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Answer Sunday, August 7, 2011

Hi Friends, I have been afected with herpes Zoster, started with pain in left hand and left underarms 3 weeks back. Nearly 1 week back got rashes in left hand and near chest. Now I am taking antiviral tablets and other medictines prescribed my the doctor. Now my rashes has become balck but still have pain in and arround underarms and near left breast. I would like to know whether this can be completely cured? I am 30 years old and I am trying for a baby. Wether herpes would aftec the chance of getting pregnant? Whether this wud aftect the baby during prepgnacy? whether is thr any chance of speading to my parter and 4 year old daughter? I am realy confused with this. I kidly request you people to help me to get my answers....Thanks in advance

gibsonlinda Thursday, April 7, 2011

I've had phn for 7yrs.I've taken lots of meds inc. natural such as neuropathy. even so if it wasn't for the med I CURRENT TAKE GIVE ME SOME QUALTY OF LIFE.But as far aS i can see I will never be pain free. So what the use of livin. thanks linda gibson hou tx so tried of fighting these pain

suzane_fadrik Friday, January 7, 2011

The visible symptom of shingles is a very blistery rash that looks like a fever blister. This shingles symptom only occurs on the one side of the body and runs in the distribution of the nerve. The distribution of the nerve is not something that the patient would recognize, that's something that the dermatologist would recognize. The symptom of shingles are in the oral health category.

Barbo Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I am 75 and have been battling Shingles for about 8 weeks....I took Valtrex and am on Lyrica....The spots are pretty well healed but the pain under my left rib cage, diaphram, and back is is almost like it has gone inside and under. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciataed....Thanx, Barbo

carmen475 Saturday, May 22, 2010

The medicines for shingles are Acyclovir, Famciclovir and Valtrex. The doctor prescribed Valtrex. He asked me to apply it topically with cotton and oxygen peroxide twice daily and leave it for 2 hours.

I have also got an anti-inflammatory plant (Yerva mora) Solanum nigrum ?Black nightshade which proved effective. First place the leaves in a cotton role and powder it. Then mix it with peroxide and apply it on the affected area for 2 hours twice a day. I supported the cotton with a little bag made of rolled gauze. I put a plastic piece above it to avoid stain to my clothes. In 3 days I got rid of the marks.
Basil leaves with peroxide can also prove to be a cheap and wonderful medicine. It helps to bring down the pain and stops shingles from advancing. Apple cider vinegar can also be used similarly to get rid of shingles in less than a month.

Take Vitamins E sometimes, and B complex liquid or sub lingual for a week. Shingles will soon get cured. However just be careful to avoid contamination by allowing anyone to touch the affected area. The Internet would give you all information regarding the contamination period. In addition be careful while handling food. However do not use the fruits of Black nightshade, but only use it topically.

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