To describe shingles is not for the faint of heart. It is an ugly, painful rash that can sometimes lead to long-term nerve pain. It usually appears as a single stripe of blisters that wrap around either the torso’s left or right side. The rash turns into fluid-filled blisters, which generally takes about 7 to 10 days to dry out and begin to heal. Though it isn’t a life-threatening condition, it can be quite painful. The best way to shorten the shingles infection and decrease the chances of … [Read more...] about What is Shingles?
Shingles (Herpes Zoster Virus)
Is My Rash A Concern?
Nobody wants a rash. They’re unsightly and can be irritating, but they can also be a sign of something deeper and scarier going on. Determining the cause of your rash is the quickest way to decide whether or not you need to see a doctor. Rashes of All Kinds A rash is often a sign that your skin came into contact with an allergen or other skin irritant. A rash is a visible notice that our skin or in some cases our entire body is reacting to negative stimuli. While it might be hard to … [Read more...] about Is My Rash A Concern?
How Do You Get Shingles?
We have all heard the term shingles and possibly have even heard commercials advertising a vaccine for shingles. So what exactly are shingles, and how does an individual become infected with shingles? What Is Shingles? The medical name for shingles is herpes zoster virus. It is a reactivation of a previous infection with the varicella-zoster virus, which is also known as chicken pox. After a person recovers from chicken pox, the virus lays dormant or inactive in the body, usually in the … [Read more...] about How Do You Get Shingles?