BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT SHINGLES AND SHINGLES TREATMENT
Introduction to shingles and shingles treatment
In this post, I’ll concisely discuss basic information about shingles and shingles treatment. As a prelude to the essence of this article, let me define first what is shingles blisters. Shingles blisters are red rashes that you may see on your skin, they’re filled with fluid and they can be very painful and itchy. You’ll commonly see these shingles blisters on small areas like around your eye, forehead, face, etc.
As I mentioned above, I’ll answer the questions regarding shingles and shingles treatment. So here are the questions that I’ll try to answer:
• What are shingles?
Sure, shingles are very painful and itchy at times, but you don’t have to feel annoyed and uncomfortable all the time because there are some treatments for shingles that you can try to ease the pain and itchiness. The most striking aspect of acute shingles is the rash that appears on your skin. Doctors can identify shingles based on the rashes because they develop in a particular pattern. Shingles come into existence because of the re-activation of the virus caused by chickenpox.
• What are the symptoms of shingles?
The very first symptom of shingles is pain, followed by rashy eruption in the skin. It may also involve, itching or burning and the might become sensitive. Some patients reported the feeling of numbness and pain in nerves under the affected skin part. Sometimes, patients feel shooting pains that passes by through the trunk (upper body) going to arms and legs.
• In what part of the body do shingles usually occur?
Shingles commonly occur in a particular location. After few days, rashes would start to appear in the spots where there sensations are occurring. Shingles usually appear on the buttocks and trunk but they could also spread on arms, legs and face. The rashes starts with blotchy lesions and redness that would soon erupt into blisters filled with fluid, this would usually occur after three or five days. The blisters are different from the blisters caused by chickenpox because the former tend to gather in one area instead of spreading all over the body.
• What are the possible treatment for shingles?
Antiviral medications are most common treatment for shingles. However, this kind of medication doesn’t immediately affect shingles or soothe the pain and itchiness. The common medication used to treat shingles are valtrex, famvir and zovirax.