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:

    • Tiredness
    • Headache
    • Photophobia
    • 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 

To speak with a practitioner about Shingles treatment contact us today.