In this summary of the OurDoctor YouTube video “Best Shingles Treatment,” we’ll discuss the importance of treating and suppressing a shingles outbreak. One in every three people in the U.S. will develop shingles, also known as herpes zoster virus, in their lifetime. This virus is in the same category as chickenpox and is commonly known as HHV3.
It starts as a red or pink blotchy-looking patch, usually on one side of your body, and can turn into a fluid-filled blister that typically scabs over. During the initial stage, shingles are not contagious but can be very discomforting, with shooting pains in the rash area.
In severe cases, you may develop post-herpetic neuralgia or a pHN, leading to eye complications, including vision loss and other rare diseases. Shingles usually last anywhere from three to six weeks, depending on the severity of your diagnosis. Symptoms of shingles can be uncomfortable and even painful on their own, but you should keep an eye out for any complications that may arise.
Skin infections caused by bacteria are common after blisters at first. If the nerves in your head are affected by shingles, you may develop Ramsey Hunt syndrome, which, if untreated, can cause partial facial paralysis or hearing loss. If given treatment within three days, most patients will recover fully.
Inflammation of the central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord, is possible. These complications are potentially fatal and must be treated immediately. A rash caused by shingles typically manifests as a band of blisters along one side of the body.
Laboratory testing can also diagnose shingles by taking a sample of blister fluid or scrapings from the skin. Although there is currently no cure for shingles, getting it treated as soon as possible can reduce the risk of complications and speed up the healing process.
First, let’s talk about antiviral medication. If taken within 72 hours of the first sign of shingles, these medications may reduce discomfort and hasten the resolution of symptoms. Furthermore, they may help ward off the pain that may develop months or even years after the initial outbreak of the virus, a condition known as post-herpetic neuralgia.
Alternatively, doctors may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers. Pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen may be helpful. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics if you get a bacterial infection from your shingles rash. If your eyes or other facial features are affected by shingles, your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications like prednisone to reduce swelling and pain.
The discomfort of shingles can get mitigated with home care. The National Institutes of Health recommends cold showers or baths to clean and calm the skin or cold compresses to alleviate the discomfort of a rash. Calamine lotion, a paste of water, baking soda, or cornstarch, can also relieve itching.
Get plenty of vitamin E, vitamin B12, and vitamin A from the food you eat. If you want to boost your immunity, try L -lycine supplements. The National Institutes of Health says that getting vaccinated against shingles is one of the ways to reduce your risk of experiencing painful symptoms or other complications.
Chickenpox vaccine, or acetalization, should be given twice to all youngsters. People above 18 who have never had chickenpox should also obtain the vaccine. Although vaccination cannot guarantee immunity, it does prevent chickenpox, and 90% of those who receive it.
Check with your general practitioner in the early stages of shingles to get it under control immediately. Our team is standing by 24 -7 to bring you the fastest medical care you deserve if you have any additional questions.