Shingles-Causes,Signs And Treatment.
Shingles can also be called Herpes Zoster, it is a viral infection which is caused varicella zoster virus. This same virus also causes chickenpox, painful blisters in a belt like form.
It can spread from any part of the body to the other parts of the body.
SHINGLES SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
- A line or patch of painful blisters that appears all of a sudden on one side of the body is probably shingles.
- It is most common on the back, chest, neck or face.
- The blisters usually last 2 or 3 weeks then go away by themselves.
- Sometimes the pain continues or returns long after the blisters are gone.
Shingles is caused by the virus that causes chickenpox and usually affects persons who have had chickenpox before. It is not dangerous. In older people especially, it is occasionally a warning sign of some other more serious problems like cancer or AIDS.
- Put light bandages over the rash so that clothes will not rub against it.
- Take aspirin for the pain (Antibiotic do not help)
PLANTS AND OTHER THINGS THAT CAN CAUSE ITCHING OR BURNING OF THE SKIN AND THEIR TREATMENT.
Nettles, stinging tree, sumac, poison ivy and many other plants may cause blisters, burns or hives with itching when they touch the skin.
Juices or hairs of certain caterpillars and other insects produce similar reactions. In allergic persons, rashes or weeping sore patches may be caused by certain things that touch or are put on the skin.
Rubber shoes, watchbands, ear drops or other medicines, face creams, perfumes or soaps may cause such problems.
All these irritations go away on its own when the things that caused them no longer touch the skin. A paste of oatmeal and water helps calm the itching. Aspirin or antihistamines may also help. In severe cases, you can use a cream that contains cortisone or a cortico-steroid.
ITCHING RASH, HIVES OR URTICARIA (ALLERGIC REACTIONS ON THE SKIN).
Touching, eating, injection or breathing certain things can cause an itching rash or hives in allergic persons.
Hives are thick, raised spots or patches that look like bee stings and itches very well. They may come and go rapidly or move from one spot to another.
Be on the watch for any reaction caused by certain medicines especially injections of penicillin and the antivenins or antitoxins made from horse serum. A rash or hives may appear from a few minutes up to 10 days after the medicine has been injected.
CAUTION : If you get an itching rash, hives or any other allergic reaction after taking or being injected with any medicine, stop using it and never use that medicine again. This is very important to prevent the danger of allergic shock.
- Bathe in cool water or use cool compresses like cloths soaked in cold water or ice water.
- Compresses of cool oatmeal water also calm itching. Boil the oatmeal in water, strain it and use the water when cool. Starch can also be used instead of oats.
- If itching is severe, take an antihistamine like chlorpheniramine.
- To protect a baby from scratching him or herself, cut his or her fingernails very short or put gloves or socks over the baby’s hand.