- Herpes Zoster
- People with Shingles
- Shingles Not a fatal illness
Herpes is a frightening word for many people, isn’t it? It conjures up images of untreatable sexual infection and a life of enforced celibacy or shameful confessions to potential partners that one is infected. There are many different kinds of Herpes, however. Herpes Zoster, whilst it does specifically target the genitals, is one such type and, although usually transmitted sexually it is still a very unpleasant thing to suffer from.
So what precisely is Herpes Zoster?
Most people would more commonly recognize the condition as Shingles. Loosely speaking, Shingles is a secondary form of the – generally fairly harmless – childhood ailment Chickenpox. But whereas many children experience Chickenpox and are left with little to show for it other than the occasional pockmark, Shingles is an altogether different experience.
People with Shingles can and usually experience intense pain at the site of the infection. This is commonly accompanied by fever and a general feeling of deep unwellness that may cause a person to keep to their bed for over a week. The physical and mental ramifications of Shingles are really to be underestimated as even if the infection can be brought under control and recovery effected, the virus may spring up again at unexpected times for the rest of the sufferer’s life. In this respect it is much different from genital herpes which, as the crass joke goes, is ‘forever.’ Neither are at all pleasant conditions and neither is something to wish one anyone.
So, what should one if one contracts Shingles?
The unfortunate is that mostly the afflicted person will suffer. There will be pain and probably significant disruption to their day to day lives. Nonetheless, the condition can be managed by the administration of drugs, both oral and topical, which can help to combat some of the symptoms and bring some relief to the stricken patient.
Shingles is the easiest condition to diagnose because, before the virus becomes fully fledged and the characteristic rash starts to appear, the symptoms can be and often are very similar to those of other medical conditions such as influenza, general infection or even the common cold. Diagnosis can only reliably take place once the pustular rash has appeared and by this point the patient is likely to have taken to their bed and to be feeling extremely unwell.
Unfortunately, there is no real way of telling who is likely to be at most risk from Shingles
Some diseases are genetic; Shingles is thought to be. Having been exposed to Chickenpox as a child or to a child who is suffering from said illness is a possible factor but it is the only one. According to viagrastoresa.com one of the best methods of prevention in adults is for them to completely avoid any children who are suffering from Chickenpox – that is always very easy if the children are one’s own, however! And running a household when one is bed bound oneself and has sickly children to look after is something that should be wished upon anyone.
Because of the highly unpleasant nature of Shingles, an afflicted person should refrain from interacting with others even when they begin to feel a little better – a process which can take upwards of a month depending on the individual – in case they pass the virus on. Once again, this can be very difficult. People may suffer because they have to take a great deal of time off work or because they cannot go about their day to day business, including taking good care of their homes and families.
Shingles is not a fatal illness and, despite the risk of repeated bouts in a person who has once been affected, the prognosis after recovery is generally good. Some patients will, however, experience lingering problems which can include lethargy and fatigue and it can be very difficult to explain these things to potentially unsympathetic employers or indeed friends and family members. It is important for a sufferer, even when they have begun to recover somewhat, to take extremely good physical and mental care of themselves in order to prevent a very speedy relapse. A physician should be consulted at all times to on the patient’s ongoing health.
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