Shingles Disease: A Personal Experience
As someone who has suffered from shingles repeatedly, I know how painful this disease can be. I also know how mysterious Shingles disease can be for someone who has never experienced or seen it before.
The first time I experienced and eruption, it I had no clue as to what it was. I have suffered from eczema all my life, but the symptoms were very different. Nevertheless, I assumed it was simply another manifestation of eczema or atopic dermatitis.
Unlike most sufferers, an eruption occurred on the skin near my eye. The pain was unbearable and even the first doctor I went to, was unclear as to what this could be. Since an eruption of shingles near the eye is not apparently common, it took almost an entire week for another doctor to determine that this was shingles. By that time, my face had swollen considerably and even the slightest touch to the right side of my face was excruciating. I was prescribed an anti viral medication, and after suffering for two weeks, my face returned to normal. I experienced several more bouts of Shingle Disease in subsequent years.
Shingles: What is it?
Shingles Disease, also called herpes zoster occurs in two stages: the prodromal stage and the eruptive stage. In the first stage the sufferer can experience fever, chills, nauseas and headaches. Numbness can also appear on either side of the face or the body accompanied by tingling, burning, or shooting pains side where the numbness occurs.
At one extreme, the pain can be constant and may seem unrelenting; at other times it may wax and wane. Itching on the affected side of the face or body is another symptom that can be experienced.
Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone that has had chickenpox may experience it since the virus remains in your body. Over 90% of US adults have contracted chickenpox. The chickenpox virus stays inactive in certain nerves.
If the virus becomes active again causing shingles. Unfortunately, there is no way to predict who will get shingles, or when.
Out of nearly 1 million shingles cases in the United States each year, approximately one half occur in people aged 60 years and above. 1 out of 2 people living to age 85 will experience shingles.
The older a person gets, the longer the shingles rash may last according to FindMeaCure. There are several Natural Shingles Products available for treating shingles disease.