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Shingles. By: Gabby Humphrey Pd. 6 9-7-12. What is Shingles?. Shingles is an adult version of the chicken pox, but more painful. It is a viral infection that will appear sometime after one has already had the chicken pox virus, and causes a very painful rash. . Signs and Symptoms.

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Shingles

Shingles

By: Gabby Humphrey

Pd. 6

9-7-12


What is shingles
What is Shingles?

  • Shingles is an adult version of the chicken pox, but more painful.

  • It is a viral infection that will appear sometime after one has already had the chicken pox virus, and causes a very painful rash.


Signs and symptoms
Signs and Symptoms

  • The signs and symptoms of shingles usually begin to appear 3 to 4 days before the rash is seen

  • These symptoms include the following

  • Itching, burning, swelling, and redness on one area of the body

  • Swollen lymph nodes

  • Headaches

  • Chills

  • Nausea

  • Fever

  • Fluid filled blisters


Prevention and control
Prevention and Control

  • Do not come in contact with anyone who has the chicken pox virus, shingles virus, or happens to have fluid filled blisters.

  • People with these health issues might be very contagious


Medications and vaccines
Medications and Vaccines

  • There are a few vaccinations you could receive from your doctor to help prevent and treat this virus

  • If you have already had chicken pox, and you are 50 years of age and older you could receive the shingles vaccine called zostavax.

  • If you have never had chicken pox you could receive the varicella vaccine.

  • There is also two different tablets to help treat shingles. They are called valacyclovir and famciclovir.


Insurance and government
Insurance and Government

  • There is no current government policies or regulations concerning the shingles virus, but if you have health insurance, your insurance company will cover the vaccinations and medications.


Sources
Sources

  • "Shingles." n. page. Web. 6 Sep. 2012. <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/shingles.html>.

  • "Shingles Health Center." n. page. Web. 6 Sep. 2012. <http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/shingles/default.htm>.

  • Mayo Clinic Staff, . "Shingles." n. page. Web. 6 Sep. 2012. <http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/shingles/DS00098/DSECTION=symptoms>.

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