Shingles: How Long wil it Last?
The visible symptoms of shingles usually lasts about 2 weeks.
The full period including when general illness or skin soreness are
the only symptoms usually lasts about a month. However, some
patients may develop Post-Herpetic Neuralgia which is the most
serious complication of shingles. Post-Herpetic Neuralgia can last
for months or years and can be very painful.
Common Symptoms of Shingles
The symptoms of shingles are a rash that turns into blisters
which turn into a dry scab. This can be seen all over the body and
is usually accompanied by general illness; fever, headaches and
Treatment and Preventative Care Options for Shingles
There is no cure for shingles. Shingles is caused by the virus
Varicella Herpes Zoster (VZV) which caused chickenpox in childhood.
VZV will remain latent in the body after
chickenpox and will reactivate and cause shingles in 1 in 5 seniors.
It is not known why some people get shingles and others don't or
why it mostly affects seniors. A low immune defense system does
appear to be a factor.
Although there is no cure for shingles, there is a treatment which
is usually prescribed, an antiviral agent such as Acyclovir, Valacyclovir
or Famciclovir. This will reduce the risk of Post-Herpetic Neuralgia as
well as reduce the duration and severity of shingles.
You can relieve the symptoms of shingles various ways:
- Take lukewarm baths
- Use soothing lotions (aloe vera or similar)
- Wear loose cotton clothing
- Use a local anesthetic cream
- Take pain killers
- Take fever reducing medication
- The Varicella vaccine
- Is there any treatment for shingles?
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