What is Shingles?
|The first signs of the rash|
Most shingles occurs in older people but it is not uncommon in younger folks too, like this patient.
The rash takes about a week to develop and can last about 2 weeks with varying degrees of pain and annoying tingling. Some patients have pain that lasts in the nerves long after the rash has resolved.
We treat Shingles with antiviral medication (Valcyclovir ) and pain control. People over the age of 60 are recommended to get Zostavax vaccine to help prevent an outbreak. It reduces the chances of Shingles by 51% and even higher reduction of post-herpetic neuralgia pain.
No special tests are needed to make the diagnosis. This is another reason everyone should have a primary care physician who can make the diagnosis and get the patient started on treatment.