How to Identify Shingles Symptoms

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Shingles symptoms are the result of Vericella Zoster or Herpes Zoster which is the same virus which causes chicken pox. This virus causes shingles symptoms to occur when the patient has already been exposed to chicken pox, but the immune system has become weakened due to stress, old age, or some other factor. Follow these steps to determine if you might have shingles symptoms and to explore treatment options.

Look for a painful or burning sensation across a patterned area.

Shingles symptoms are the result of the reactivated virus. It often attacks the nervous system and develops a rash along the pattern of nerve distribution. If a painful burning sensation is present over an area of your skin, see a physician for diagnosis and treatment options.

Watch for a cluster of blisters.

Eventually shingles symptoms will develop into a rash characterized by clusters of blisters. These blisters will often spread across the chest and back, but usually only affect the same side of the body.

Notice flu like aches and light sensitivity.

These may or may not be present with other shingles symptoms. However, if all of these symptoms are present it is highly likely that you have shingles and will benefit from medical treatment options such as antiviral drugs, antibiotics, and analgesics for pain relief.

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Shingles symptoms can find temporary relief through cold compresses, Calomine lotion, and other home remedies associated with chicken pox. Avoid scratching or irritating the rash. Shingles symptoms are best abated with rest and prescribed medication. Wear loose fitting and light weight clothing to avoid aggravating shingles. If pain persists after 30 days you may have a PNH or post herpetic neuralgia. See related articles on this page for more health information and diagnosis assistance.

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