How Shingles Rash Occur?

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We wouldn’t want anything bad to happen to our skin! It is our outward appearance and definitely, we will do all means to prevent scars and wounds from tarnishing our well-cared-for skin. However, there are instances wherein we just cannot avoid getting scars and wounds…this is especially true with chicken pox and shingles. While chicken pox is a very common disease during childhood, shingles is a similar disease which targets the adults!

Shingles is an adult-form of chicken pox. It is due to the reawakened activity of the herpes zoster viruses in our nerve endings—which can happen even several decades after a person has developed chicken pox. And when we say decades—we mean decades. Some people even report occurrence of shingles after even seven or eight decades! That’s how dreadful Shingles can turn out to be.

A common manifestation of this herpes zoster virus is the appearance of Shingles Rash. Unlike chicken pox rashes, shingles rashes are less scattered all over the body. In fact, it only affects a certain part of the skin wherein the branch of nerve affected runs through. Thus, shingles rash may appear as band-like rashes in one side of our body.

There are two stages which these shingles rashes undergo. The first is the Prodromal Stage. This stage is characterized by the signs and symptoms which happen before the rashes start to visualize.

-          Itchiness of a certain skin area;

-          Fever, malaise and nausea;

-          Chills, abdominal pain and diarrhea;

-          Tingling sensation and sensitivity in the affected area; and

-          Burning sensation, severe pain upon touching the area.

The Eruptive Stage is characterized by the appearance of the rashes:

-          First, the affected area will show redness and swelling;

-          Pain is still present and will last even after the shingles rashes have subsided;

-          The appearance of rashes will follow as a band-like shape;

-          As days pass, these rashes will become blisters and will contain serous fluids;

-          Fluid may seem clear at first but will become cloudy afterwards, this indicates that the blisters are about to erupt;

-          Fluid will ooze out and pop. Afterwards, the rashes and blisters will crust and heal up.

-          Normally it will take more or less than a month for the crusts to completely heal.

Not all rash areas of shingles will form scars—one important thing that determines scar formation is how we care for these shingles rashes. Here are basic tips on cleaning shingles rashes:

-          Cleaning rash areas with soap and running water;

-          Making use of anti-viral medications and antibiotic ointments;

-          Covering affected areas with sterile gauze and momentarily air drying it; and

-          Washing hands before and after caring for the rashes.

Shingles can be very devastating because of the neuralgic pain that presents with it—do not top it off with the scars that may develop with poor wound care. Caring for shingles rashes is just easy—a few effort on your part can greatly spare your skin from damage.

 

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