Shingles

Hannah Martin   Period 1

Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. However, the virus that causes shingles, the varicella zoster virus, can be spread from a person with active shingles to another person who has never had chickenpox. In such cases, the person exposed to the virus might develop chickenpox, but they would not develop shingles.

Symptoms:

  • Pain or a bruised feeling -- usually on one side of your face or body -- often along with a fever, chills, headache, or upset stomach
  • Tingling, itching, or prickling skin and an inflamed, red skin rash several days later
  • A group or long strip of small, fluid-filled blisters
  • Deep burning, searing, aching, or stabbing pain, which may occur once in a while or last a long time
  • Treatment:

    Antiviral medicines, such as acyclovir, famciclovir, or valacyclovir, to reduce the pain and the duration of shingles.

  • Over-the-counter pain medicines, such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen, to help reduce pain during an attack of shingles.
  • Topical antibiotics, applied directly to the skin, to stop infection of the blisters.
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