Shingles In The Elderly

by jake on November 5, 2011

Shingles is a skin condition that produces sores on the skin. They are brought about by hidden chicken pox viruses being dormant in the body nerves after a long time. Shingles are a rash that appear on one side of the body and are a painful affair. Pain can persist on for months on even after the rash is gone. Shingels in an elderly person is more dangerous and produces some very uncomfortable signs that could result to worse things if they are not detected early enough and treated medically. Home remedies should not be taken to work on old people because their bodies are already weak and do not have enough immune system to fight back the disease

Shingles is most infectious on people who already had chicken pox. Most of the elderly already have been through the chicken pox and so when their immune systems get weak along their age, they tend to get the shingles that is usually dormant and usually erupts after the immune system is getting weak. Old people have weak bodies and so the virus takes advantage of the situation.

Shingles in old people goes through three stages and once the viruses erupt, the person may experience pain and itch on one side of the body. The rash that comes along with itch appears after wards. This is now a clear indication of the old person has shingles.

The old people experience severe pain in the areas where the rash occur and may result to a condition known as postherpetic nueralgia. This pain may persist on even after the old person has long healed. This brings a difficulty in the ability to perfume activities.

Shingles rash appearing on the face and near the ears may cause more problem to the old may at some point affect the ability to hear and ability to the ability to affects the vision causing the old person damage to the ears and eyes.

If shingles appear on an elderly person, they are more likely to cause a scar, which doesn’t happen to young people who get infected with shingles. If a possibility occurs and bacteria enter the shingle sore, then a scar will be left behind after the sore goes away.

If you look after an elderly person, you should always look out for some symptoms that suggest should be treated immediately to avoid further damage.


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