Shingles

Shingles is an infection that causes rashes on the skin. It is a very painful condition caused by varicella zooster virus; same virus that causes chicken pox.sni

Causes of shingles

It all starts with acquiring chicken pox as a child that gives you a lasting immunity against chicken pox for almost your entire life, but the virus stays in the body in a dormant state because of one’s immune system. Whenever the immune status goes down either because of age or some other reason the virus gets a chance to invade the body once again. But this time it cannot give you chicken pox because of some residual immunity and hence it affects a small part of your body, usually on one half of the body. This time it affects the nerves more than the skin and hence the extreme pain. sni

Treatment of shingles

Shingles is self-limiting, so generally it would settle even without treatment in two to six weeks. It can leave behind scars, sometimes pretty bad ones, but that is not always the case. Treatment is effective if started very early, that is, in the first three days or so. Later on the treatment involves just management of the pain or infection, etcetera.sni

Shingles reocccurence

A good thing about shingles is that it affects an individual only once. It is rare to have a second attack of shingles, so you do not need to worry about it anymore, and since the virus gained entry to the body a long time back, there is nothing one can do to prevent it other than live a generally healthy lifestyle.sni

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