What is Herpes Zoster?It is commonly known as Shingles. It is a viral disease that causes painful skin rash. Shingles usually appear in a band, a strip, or a small area on one side of the face or body.it also can be seen near eye it is called herpes zoster opthalmicus.
Recovery TimeHerpes zoster usually clears in 2 to 3 weeks and rarely returns.
DiagnosisDiagnosis is mainly done by physical examination of the skin and medical history. Tests are rarely needed, but may include taking a skin sample to see if the skin is infected with the virus and blood tests.
FAQs prepared by doctor
1. What is herpes zoster?
It is commonly known as Shingles. It is a viral disease that causes painful skin rash. Shingles usually appears in a band, a strip, or a small area on one side of the face or body. It also can be seen near eye it is called herpes zoster opthalmicus.
2. How much time does it take to recover?
Herpes zoster usually clears in 2 to 3 weeks and rarely returns
3. What shall one do when suffering from such a condition?
One shall not scratch the lesion and cover the rash or blisters with loose, non-stick, sterile bandages. Apply cold, wet compresses or ice packs to itchy areas, or soak in a lukewarm bath. Stay away from heat, which can intensify itchiness. Wear loose clothing. This will prevent clothes from rubbing against your irritated skin.
4. When shall one consult a doctor immediately?
One shall visit doctor immediately when one has red patches on the skin, followed by small blisters, fever, and chills with headache, joint pain and associated swollen glands (lymph nodes). Shingles that affects the eye may lead to permanent blindness if you do not receive emergency medical care. Cloudy liquid in the blisters or dizziness or weakness or tongue drooping and loss of taste with red vesicles on ear canal requires immediate consultation.
5. How is this condition prevented?
Two vaccines may help prevent shingles: the chickenpox (varicella) vaccine and the shingles (varicella-zoster) vaccine.