herpes-zoster-(shingles)
  • Herpes zoster, often called Shingles, is a common rash caused by the same virus as the chicken pox virus. The professional name of the virus is varicella-zoster. Most people get chickenpox as a child, you know how it looks - disseminated blisters all over the body. After the recovery from the infection, the virus remains dormant in the body. Later in life, certain situations weaken the immune system, allowing the Zoster virus to become active again. It can cause the typical Zoster/Shingles rash. Typical age for getting Shingles is over the age of 50 years, but it can arrive at any age. 

    The symptoms usually begins with a strange feeling or pain in the skin, even before the rash appears. Then the rash appears. It can be painful or itchy. Sometimes but not often, you can have fever or general malaise. 

    The rash shows up as groups of small red bumps. It almost always happens on one side of the body, like "half a belt". After a few days, the red bumps become blisters filled with fluid. The blisters eventually scrape over and heal.

    The usual treatment is anti-Herpes medications, such as Acyclovir or Valcyclovir, in a high dose. It is very important to start the treatment as soon as possible, because after 72 hours, the efficiency of the treatment drops down

    The term Posttherpetic neuralgia refers to the  pain in the same area as a rash, even after the rash has disappeared. This may take weeks to months.

    For pain relieve you can use any pain killer - Paracetamol, Ibuprofen etc. Sometimes. the doctor prescribes a certain neurological treatment for pain relive (Lyrica)
    There is a vaccine for shingles. Recommended for most people aged 60 and older. You need only one serving in your life, and it is safe to give at the same time as other vaccines.

    below you can see some pictures of a patient that arrived to our clinic.