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Shingles is a progressive disfiguring condition and as it advances to later stages it can completely shatter the lives of those affected. It was a mystery up until now what causes it and how to resolve it but a recent revolutionary breakthrough in the field of shingles treatment seems to have changed everything. Read more about this treatment here.
As officially reported by doctors and researchers a special protocol was reported to banish shingles within days because, for the first time ever, the actual underlying culprit of the disease has been pinpointed.
Shingles manifests itself by painful rash along a nerve or ganglion. These eruptions occur as a result of the reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox, varicella zoster virus (VZV).
Sometimes, the pain from shingles persists for months or even years after healing of the eruption: this pain called post-zoster neuralgia. Shingles most often affects the chest, but it may also occur on the back, buttocks, arm, leg and sometimes on the face and scalp.
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Following varicella, almost all viruses are destroyed except a few. They remain dormant in nerve ganglia for years. With age or due to illness, the immune system loses its ability to control the virus, which can be reactivated. An inflammatory reaction then settled in the lymph and nerves, causing blisters arranged in clusters on the skin. It may already infected adults who have had contact with children with chickenpox have increased protection against shingles. Scientists believe that a second exposure to the virus stimulates the immune system and helps to keep the virus dormant.
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About 90% of adults worldwide have already had chickenpox. They are carrying the virus varicella zoster. About 20% of them are suffering from shingles during their lifetime. Without treatment, lesions of shingles lasts on average three weeks. In most cases, a single attack of shingles occurs. However, sometimes the varicella-zoster virus reactivates at various times. This occurs in the case about 1% of sufferers.
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The researchers wonder if there is a possible link between the onset of shingles and is experiencing a chronic stress. The studies so far lead to conflicting results: some suggest a link. People who take medicines that contain steroids or immunosuppressants (a group of drugs decreasing the activity of the immune system) are at risk.
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Pain sometimes persists after the healing of skin lesions: the post-zoster neuralgia. Comparing this to the pain of sciatica. The sufferers say they feel real "electric shocks". Heat, cold, simple rubbing of clothing on the skin or the wind can become unbearable. The pain can last for weeks or months. Sometimes, it never stops. The risk of post-zoster neuralgia increases with age. The post-zoster neuralgia is caused by damage to nerve fibers, which begin to send in a confusing manner of pain messages to the brain. Other types of Shingles complications can occur but are rare eye problems (or blindness), facial paralysis, non-infectious meningitis or encephalitis.
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The person with shingles experienced a burning sensation, tingling or increased sensitivity over an area of skin along a nerve, usually on one side of the body. Shingles occurs most often in the face, back or a limb. From one to three days later, diffuse redness appears on the skin area. Then, several vesicles filled with red liquid resembling buttons varicella erupt. They cause itching, then dry up and disappear after two to three weeks. From 60% to 90% of people with shingles experience severe local pain, duration and intensity. It may look like a burn or electric shock, or sharp shooting pains. Sometimes she is so strong that it can be confused with a heart attack, appendicitis or sciatica. Some people have fever and headache.
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Hand washing helps prevent the transmission of the virus. It is also advised to avoid physical contact when the liquid coming from the blisters. Those who have not had chickenpox and whose infection could have serious consequences must be extra careful: this is the case, for example, pregnant women (infection can be dangerous to the fetus), the people whose immune system is weakened and newborns.
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Shingles is not spread from one person to another. However, the liquid inside the red vesicles formed during episodes of shingles contain more particles of varicella. This fluid is highly contagious: a person who touches it can catch chickenpox if she never had. To enter the body, the virus must come into contact with mucous membranes. It can infect anyone who rubs his eyes, mouth or nose, for example, with a contaminated hand.
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Consult a doctor when the first symptoms of shingles appear. Early shingles treatment is better, is efficient. Ideally, antiviral medication should be taken within three days after the onset of injury.
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To relieve pain and dry up the sores, apply cool wet compresses to the blisters. You can moisten the pad with water containing a few drops of vinegar. Take a bath in cool water mixed with a little baking soda or colloidal oatmeal.
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Corticosteroids (cortisone-like) may also be prescribed. They can help relieve pain, but they do not prevent the post-zoster neuralgia. To alleviate symptoms more quickly, it is also possible to use antiviral drugs. Pain medication may relieve mild to moderate pain.
To prevent bacterial superinfection, ensure that the affected skin areas are kept clean and dry. Also, do not scratch the blisters and not try to penetrate. Wear light clothing to avoid rubbing blisters. To help the body fight infection, take good rest. In cases of severe pain, everything that helps the body to relax can have a calming effect: reading, listening to music, entertainment, tai chi, etc..