With shingles, the first thing you may notice is a tingling sensation or pain on one side of your body or face. Painful skin blisters then erupt on only one side of your face or body along the distribution of nerves on the skin.
Shingles - What Increases Your Risk
Risks for developing shingles include: Having had chickenpox. You must have had chickenpox to get shingles. Being older than 50. Having a weakened immune system due to another disease, such as diabetes or HIV infection Experiencing stress or trauma.
Shingles - Prevention
Anyone who has had chickenpox may get shingles later in life. However, the FDA recently approved a vaccine, known as Zostavax, that may help prevent shingles. Ask your doctor about the availability of this vaccine.
Shingles - Treatment Overview
There is no cure for shingles, but treatment may shorten the length of illness and prevent complications. Treatment options include: Antiviral medications, sometimes in combination with corticosteroids, to reduce the pain and duration of shingles.
Shingles - Medications
Medications can help limit the pain and discomfort caused by shingles, shorten the time you have symptoms, and prevent the spread of the disease. Medications also may reduce your chances of developing shingles complications, such as postherpetic neuralgia
Shingles - Home Treatment
You may reduce the duration and pain of shingles by: Taking good care of skin sores, such as not scratching blisters and keeping your skin clean. Using medications as prescribed to treat shingles or postherpetic neuralgia or using nonprescription pain med
Shingles - Other Treatment
Postherpetic neuralgia, the most common complication of shingles, is difficult to treat. Your health professional may recommend other treatments, along with medications, to control the pain of postherpetic neuralgia.
Shingles - Symptoms
When the virus that causes chickenpox reactivates, it causes shingles. Early symptoms of shingles include headache, sensitivity to light, and flu - like symptoms without a fever.
Shingles - Exams and Tests
Shingles is usually diagnosed by the appearance of the bandlike rash that occurs on one side of your body. If a diagnosis of shingles is not clear, your health professional may order lab tests, most commonly herpes tests, on cells taken from a blister.
Shingles - When To Call a Doctor
Call your health professional immediately if : Any sign of shingles develops (such as pain or changes in vision) that affects your forehead, nose, eye, or eyelid. Any symptoms of shingles develop (such as headache, stiff neck, dizziness, weakness, hearing