Shingles is an acute, one sided, self-limiting inflammatory disease of the nerve roots caused by Varicella Zoster virus.
You cannot catch shingles, but people who have not had chicken pox may get chicken pox as a result of contact with a person with shingles.
Symptoms of shingles
You may experience symptoms before you get the rash, these symptoms can typically occur 1-5 days before the rash starts and can include itching, painful sensation when the area is touched, and pain along the area of the involved section.
Symptoms are most likely non-specific and can include:
- Abnormal skin sensations
The rash usually occurs as groups of blisters/vesicles on a red background. They usually begin to crust 5-7 days later.
Treatment of shingles
- Antiviral drugs
- Antiviral creams
- Pain relief
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