Each year, there are 1-3 cases per 1,000 people, and while that number seems small, it is a very uncomfortable and unsightly condition, so any relief is appreciated.
What are Shingles?
Shingles are an extremely irritating and form of herpes called herpes zoster. The varicella-zoster virus that causes chickenpox during childhood causes this condition. When the chickenpox passes, that virus remains in your body and can manifest years later as . The virus tends to affect small sections of the body, and the rash can last for 2-4 weeks. However, shingles can be more dangerous than chickenpox because the large are prone to , particularly if they are opened.
The varicella-zoster virus tends to affect small sections of the body, and the rash can last for 2-4 weeks. The following symptoms are experienced by sufferers:
- Sharp pain, , burning, and numbness or
- Sensitivity to touch
- An angry, red rash that forms a few days after the pain
- Fluid-filled blisters that burst open and form scabs or crusts
Some people might also experience:
- Sensitivity to light
- Swollen lymph nodes (glands)
- Joint pain and muscular pain or
If the rash appears on the face, additional symptoms may include:
- Difficulty moving the facial muscles
- Drooping eyelids
- Loss of
- eye motion
- Problems with taste
- Vision problems
However, while there is not an immediate cure or a perfect solution to this virus, there are certain things you can do at home to lessen the severity of the condition, and make your term of illness slightly more comfortable.