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Shingles. Brianne Baccarella , Joe Bubak , and Rebecca Whitna. What is Shingles?. Shingles is a viral infection It can occur anywhere in the body, but it usually occurs on the left OR the right side of your torso. More about the Shingles Virus.

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Shingles

Shingles

Brianne Baccarella, Joe Bubak, and Rebecca Whitna


What is shingles
What is Shingles?

  • Shingles is a viral infection

  • It can occur anywhere in the body, but it usually occurs on the left OR the right side of your torso


More about the shingles virus
More about the Shingles Virus

  • Shingles is caused by a virus known as varicella-zoster, which is the same virus that causes chicken pox

  • If you have had chicken pox, then the Shingles virus is inactive in your body in nerve tissue near the spinal cord or brain

  • Though the virus is not life-threatening, people who have had it say that it is very painful


Symptoms of shingles
Symptoms of Shingles

  • Pain, burning, numbness or tingling at the site

  • Pain, followed by a red rash

  • Fluid-filled blisters that break open and crust over, falling off in two to three weeks

  • Itching


Symptoms cont
Symptoms (cont.)

Other people have experienced these symptoms along with the main ones:

  • Fever and chills

  • General aches

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue


Treatments
Treatments

There are not any cures for Shingles, but you can take the following medications for reducing symptoms and healing up the outbreak faster:

  • Acyclovir

  • Valacyclovir

  • Famciclovir


Treatments cont
Treatments (Cont.)

Shingles also causes serve pain. To relieve the pain, your doctor can prescribe:

  • Medications that contain narcotics (codeine)

  • Tricycle antidepressants (amitriptyline)

  • Numbing Agents (lidocaine)

  • Anticonvulsants (Neuontin)


Sources
Sources

  • http://www.cityprofile.com/forum/health-exercise/shingles-vaccine-17972/

  • http://www.mayoclinic.org/shingles/

  • http://www.mayoclinic.org/shingles/symptoms.html

  • http://www.mayoclinic.org/shingles/treatment-and-drugs.html

  • http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/shingles/ss/slideshow-shingles-pictures

  • http://itech.dickinson.edu/chemistry/?cat=86


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