Chicken Pox & Shingles

by jake on February 19, 2012

Another name for shingles is herpes zoster. The causative organism for the skin condition is varicella zoster. It is usually itchy and painful when it comes up on the skin. Usually, the skin condition comes up on the face and the body of the affected individual. As one gets older, one tends to have more predispositions to get the skin condition. Those who are above 50 years of age are mostly predisposed to this condition. If your immune system is compromised too, you can end up with it. When you are taking some medication or you have recently undergone surgery, you stand a very good chance of having this skin condition. This is because surgery and medication can lower your body’s immunity.

In case you have ever had chicken pox in the past, shingles can appear long after the chicken pox had been treated. After chicken pox treatment, the organism does not die; it only remains dormant. Once the immune system is compromised, the chicken pox comes up again in the form of shingles.  However, after you have been treated for this skin condition, the chances of ever getting it again is very low. Once shingles is treated, it will die a permanent death and it will never reoccur on the skin again. Your low immune system will not even be enough to bring back the skin condition.

It may be in the best interest of anyone who had chicken pox in the past to consistently go for medical check up so as to know before hand when the shingles are about coming. This will make it possible to get things treated on time before it gets out of hands.

When shingles start manifesting, the affected person will be sensitive to light; he or she will also start having flu like feelings. At times, headache may be experienced. Some individuals had also reported being weak and dizzy at the earlier stage of the skin condition. The symptoms change later to bring up itching and painful sensations on certain areas of the body where the rashes of shingles will later appear. After a while, the rashes will appear and it will do so in clusters of small bumps on your skin. It will later graduate to blisters.


It can take up to four good weeks before you can ever expect complete healing of the skin condition after you have started taking medication. But after the weeks long treatment, you can be sure of having complete relief from the skin condition.



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