Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, can occur at any age but usually occurs in adults over the age of 50 years. Females appear to be more frequently affected than males. Groups at an increased risk of developing shingles include people whose immune systems have been impaired due to ill health, medications or diseases that lower the immunity.
If the pain of shingles is very intense it may be mistaken for other problems, and occasionally people get the pain without a rash. Therefore, it is important to get a proper diagnosis in order to treat it as soon as possible.
Other possible complications include a bacterial skin infection, spread of infection to internal organs of the body, or eye damage. Scarring is common. Lesions in the mouth make it difficult for patients to eat and drink.
Hello, Bob, Data from clinical trials indicates that side effects from the vaccine may include pain and swelling at the injection site (most common), and body aches, fever, and headaches. See the GSK press release about the ACIP meeting at which the vaccine was recommended.
Shingles can be spread when a person comes into contact with fluid contained in the blisters. The virus can be spread by direct contact with the lesions or by touching any dressings, sheets or clothes soiled discharge from the spots.
RZV can be administered in this situation. ZVL can also be administered, with one qualification. A diagnosis of an autoimmune condition such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis is not a contraindication to ZVL. However, the treatment of these conditions may involve the use of an immunosuppressive drug, which could be a contraindication.
This type of viral infection is characterized by a red skin rash that can cause pain and burning. Shingles usually appears as a stripe of blisters on one side of the body, typically on the torso, neck, or face.
Also known as the winter vomiting bug – when people are ill with vomiting and diarrhoea, it’s important to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Young children and the elderly are especially at risk
Anyone who has ever had chickenpox can get shingles, but the risk increases with age. People older than age 60 are 10 times more likely to get shingles than children under age 10. Other factors that increase your risk include:
In most cases, an episode of shingles occurs for no apparent reason. Sometimes a period of stress or illness seems to trigger it. A slight ageing of the immune system may account for it being more common in older people. (The immune system keeps the virus inactive and prevents it from multiplying. A slight weakening of the immune system in older people may account for the virus reactivating and multiplying to cause shingles.)
Shingles can be extremely painful. While there is no cure, early treatment can speed recovery, and getting vaccinated can reduce the risk of having shingles or lessen the length and severity of illness if you do get it.
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About 10%-25% of people with shingles develop the complication of eye involvement. This is termed herpes zoster ophthalmicus and may involve several eye structures. The disease can lead to blindness and should be considered a medical emergency. Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a variation of this infection that involves the facial nerves and results in facial paralysis, usually on one side of the face, and may also result in hearing loss.
Shingles is a condition caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles itself is not contagious. You can’t spread the condition to another person. However, the varicella-zoster virus is contagious, and if you have shingles, you can spread the virus to another person, which could then cause them to develop chickenpox.
In most cases after one to two days, but sometimes as long as three weeks, the initial phase is followed by the appearance of the characteristic skin rash. The pain and rash most commonly occurs on the torso, but can appear on the face, eyes or other parts of the body. At first the rash appears similar to the first appearance of hives; however, unlike hives, shingles causes skin changes limited to a dermatome, normally resulting in a stripe or belt-like pattern that is limited to one side of the body and does not cross the midline. Zoster sine herpete (“zoster without herpes”) describes a person who has all of the symptoms of shingles except this characteristic rash.
Nearly one in three people in the U.S. will get shingles, a painful, blistering rash, at some point in their lifetime. It can strike years or decades after having chickenpox, the itchy, red-pocked childhood ailment caused by the varicella zoster virus that was an uncomfortable rite of passage before the varicella vaccine was added to the lineup of pediatric shots in the U.S. in the mid-1990s. But what is shingles, exactly, and what’s the chickenpox connection?
Prevention of shingles in people who have contracted chickenpox is difficult, since the factors that trigger reactivation are not yet defined. However, if a person is never infected with the virus, shingles will not develop. Furthermore, there are at least two methods that are currently used to reduce the incidence of shingles.
The National Immunisation Program (NIP) provides a free shingles vaccine at 70 years of age (from November 2016). There is also a free catch-up program for 71 to 79 year olds until the end of 2021. The shingles vaccine is available on prescription for people aged 50 to 69 years and from 80 years but it must be paid for by the patient. Vaccination is still recommended for people who have had shingles infection in the past. It is recommended to wait at least a year after recovery.
Testing for shingles may include viral cultures, Tzanck prep (microscopic exam and staining of skin), and blood testing for titers of antibodies to the varicella virus. However, these tests are rarely necessary, as diagnosis is usually made based upon the characteristic clinical presentation.