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Coping with Shingles pain

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Shingles also known as herpes zoster is a viral infection from the same virus that causes chickenpox. The infection of a nerve is what gives the person sharp burning pain along their nerves throughout their body.

A terrible blister rash runs on the skin where the pain was a few days before the blisters appear. The blisters are red, cloudy and produce pain and a burning sensation.

Some other symptoms that occur are: headache, fever, chills, blood infection, and joint pain.

The rash may appear in any number of locations on the body including face, neck, spine, hands, arms, legs, or stomach.

Depending on the location of the rash if located on face or neck the person may suffer blindness or hearing loss.

When the bumps first appear and then turn to blisters the pain of shingles can be relieved by taking extra-strength Tylenol.

To get some addition relief after taking Tylenol, wet a wash cloth in cold water then apply to affected areas, doing this cools the skin and gives some immediate pain relief.

If the pain is too much to handle the person should consult their primary care physician immediately because shingles can give more than just a little discomfort, the person can end up with years of pain and nerve damage that are irreversible.


Always consult your doctor if you ever have any medical questions or concerns regarding your body.

Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine - Shingles



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