Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Be Familiar With Shingles Rash Symptoms

By Carolyn Brooks

Unless you want to pay exorbitant sums for labs, it is vital to know your own shingles rash symptoms. The symptomatology can vary from person to person, so knowing how it effects you is key to making the life of this outbreak much shorter. One should be sure to inform any regular caretakers of such information during the get-to-know-you phase so they can have it for future use.

It is not commonly known that this condition originated from the varicella-zoster virus, which caused us to have chickenpox. This virus, like many, lies dormant in the body throughout life. As body chemistry changes, as it does with middle-aging on into the elderly status, this virus can on the body once again.

Pain is generally the first thing a patient will notice. This is key because some caretakers become nonplussed when their patient complains of various aches and pains throughout the day. While this is a natural tendency for many people, it is important to pay attention to the complains your patients make in order to notice if there are any changes to their daily list of aches.

Asking patients about their childhood break out of chickenpox is an important step. Many patients will experience the pain, but never have an actual outbreak, so the etiology of pain remains a mystery. When all other possibilities for pain have been excluded, the location of the pain may allow one to give a reasonable diagnosis for their patient.

Most often the rashes are found on the torso, left or right side. In some cases it can effect the eyes, or even do permanent nerve damage. Various forms of neuralgia are known to be caused by these outbreaks, which makes them more dangerous the older the patient becomes.

If one happens to be a cancer or AIDS patient, getting to a doctor is extremely important. The impact of outbreaks for most people is minor, but for those individuals with weakened immune systems, it can be more severe. As a good rule of thumb, one who is over the age of sixty ought to see a doctor when one occurs.

This condition is also contagious and can be a problem for both pregnant women, or anyone who has not had chickenpox. If a person comes into contact with the open sores, they can get chickenpox as a result. This odd etiology for disease makes it clear the connection between the pox and these outbreaks later in life.

If one gets them soon enough, the vaccines available to help prevent outbreaks can provide some hope to many. For some it may remove any chance of an outbreak, but we have no way of knowing when that is the case. For most, it shows promise for lessening the pain and neuralgia that often occurs from outbreaks.

While many do, not every person who had chickenpox has this to look forward to. Apparently, it is the weakening of our immunity that gives rise to these outbreaks, and not everyone experiences that in old age. Perhaps the chickenpox vaccination will be able to delete this condition from the human organism for good.

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