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Shingles Treatment and Symptoms

Aug 17, 2007
Shingles or the Herpes Zoster may not need a doctor to identify. In fact, the person affected by the ailment can easily diagnose it by the symptoms that are hard to miss. It usually starts with a headache, sensitivity to light, and a feeling of chilliness and nausea with or without a fever. There is also itching, tingling and acute pain where the rash will ultimately develop. The intensity of the pain can be felt as quick stabs of throbbing and stinging ache, making the patient twitchy and restless.

Shingles occur primarily in two stages - the Prodromal stage and the Eruptive stage.

Symptoms of shingles in the Prodromal stage (2 to 5 days before the appearance of rashes), there is a chilly feeling, nausea, headache and fever that is followed by a feeling of lack of sensation on a side of the face or body. And then comes the severe pain, burning and scratchy feeling that may last long or just be intermittent. At this stage the pain is accompanied by the scratchy feeling that happens on any side of the body or the face.

In the Eruptive stage however reddish flush appears along with blisters (singly or in clusters) on the skin. These are filled with a clear fluid and are sensitive to the touch. New blisters continue to form for up to 5 or more days, depending on the intensity of the outbreak. They may be found all over the place and may also run in a continuous band form. Incidentally, they appear almost like chicken pox. Severe pain, scratchy and somewhat irritating - this is how the blisters feel.

After about 15 days, the clear fluid contained within the blisters change color and begins to get translucent as compared to their original transparent look, ultimately resembling small sets of pearls on the skin. This is when they are filled with pus. Scabs begin to get formed.

Though the blisters generally do not leave any undesirable tell tale marks on the skin but some discoloration stays for quite sometime even after the skin is free of them.

A significant fact about shingles is that the blisters almost always appear on one side of the body - the torso, one side of the face, arms, legs or the waistline. When diagnosing shingles, and its symptoms, this factor need to kept in mind. Also, in some cases, urticaria or 'hives' may form instead of blisters, but nevertheless, they also are symptoms for shingles.

In some cases, the shingles rash may look as those of Poison Oak or Poison Ivy at the initial stage but the confusion will be cleared in a few days when the blisters start forming since none of the other two have any such manifestations. In case of doubt, fluid collected from the blisters may be tested in a laboratory to confirm the infection.

Symptoms for shingles may also be gathered from a blood count that will reveal elevated number of WBC or white blood cells. A significant rise in the antibody to the virus is another symptom of shingles
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