The chicken pox is a well-known infection that is normally seen in children up to the age of 18. Once someone has the chicken pox, as a child, they become immune to the infection, but the chicken pox can be reactivated, due to a weakened immune system, to create shingles. Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, are most common in people above the age of 60. With proper care, it can be cured within a matter of days or weeks. Unlike the chicken pox, shingles only infect a small area of the body, but more severely. Both shingles and the chicken pox are blistering rashes; the chicken pox form all over the body, while shingles are focused in one area. However, the shingles are extremely painful blisters and rashes all bunched together. The most common areas for shingles to appear are the side or back of the body, they usually form into a band/strip of blisters.
Shingles go through a series of stages before they fade.
In the first stage of shingles, the following symptoms may be present:
In the second stage of shingles, the following symptoms may be present:
In the third stage of shingles, the following symptoms may be present:
Chicken pox can possibly be managed at home, but unfortunately shingles needs special medications and vaccines. Some medications may include an antiviral drug, anesthetic, nerve pain medication, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. There are also vaccines to prevent against shingles forming on your body.
If you have pain from shingles, contact Pegasus Pain Management, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, immediately to see what kind of pain treatment is best for you. To contact Pegasus Pain Management call (214) 702-5855