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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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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

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)