Shingles: Will it Leave Scars?
Shingles itself will not leave scars, but if you itch and scratch
the scabs, there may be scarring.
Shingles symptoms are a rash that turns into blisters which turn
into a dry scab. This can be seen all over the body and can be very
irritating and painful. The visible symptoms will usually be followed
by general illness; headaches, tiredness and fever.
There is no cure for shingles, but an antiviral agent is usually
prescribed, such as Valacyclovir, Acyclovir or Famciclovir. This will
reduce the risk of Post-Herpetic Neuralgia as well as reduce the
duration and severity of shingles. It is important to start treatment
as early as possible, so you should see a doctor if you suspect that
you have shingles.
To relieve the shingles symptoms, and avoid causing scarring from excessive itching:
- Wear lose cotton clothing
- Take lukewarm baths
- Use a soothing lotion (aloe vera or similar)
- Use a local-anesthetic cream
- Take pain killers and fever reducing medicines
There is unfortunately not much you can do to avoid shingles. It
is not something you can catch, it is a reactivation of the VZV virus that also causes chickenpox. It remains
latent in the body after chickenpox and will reactivate in 1 in 5
seniors and cause shingles. It is not known why VZV reactivates in some and not in others. It is not known why
it usually reactivates in the seniors either. A low immune defense
system does appear to be a key factor.
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