Herpes zoster (shingles ) is a viral infection, caused by Varicella zoster virus. It is commonly called as shingles. According to study, 90% patients with Herpes zoster have had chicken pox few years back.
Varicella zoster virus causes acute illness chicken pox. Even after chickenpox is resolved the virus is not eliminated. It can go on to cause Herpes zoster. This virus is located in nerve cells. It may remain silent for years together. When it gets activated, the symptoms appear along the course of nerves.
Sign and symptoms
Herpes zoster is characterised by painful eruptions (yellowish fluid filled) in a linear shape over limited area of body like face, eyes, genitals and other body parts. The eruptions can be reddish brown in colour. The pain may be mild or unbearable and is related to nerve in which the virus is located. The eruptions may subside in 3-6 weeks but pain may remain same.
Same presentation of the Herpes eruption can also be noted on genitals in male and females also. These eruptions may last for 2-3 weeks or longer. The local lymph nodes may get swollen. There can be recurrent relapse. Herpes Zoster is known to leave behind a painful condition called Post-herpetic Neuralgia in many patients.
Skin to skin contact is the major source of spread. Transmission may also occur directly, or through contact with infected razors, towels, dishes, and other shared articles. Oral sex is the most common way to transmit genital HSV infection.
Complications may include:
- Another attack of shingles
- Bacterial skin infections
- Blindness (if shingles occurs in the eye)
- Infection, including encephalitis of sepsis (blood infection) in persons with a weakened immune system
- Ramsay Hunt syndrome if shingles affects the nerves of the face/ear
Homoeopathy works by strengthening one's immune system & thereby preventing complications. Since these homeopathic medicines are derived from natural substances, they are safe along with being successful and being free from side effects.
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