How Long Is Shingles Contagious ?

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How Long Is Shingles Contagious ?

Shingles are also known as herpes zoster which is ideally formation of blisters on certain parts of the body. It is definitely caused due to a virus known as the varicella virus. This is the same virus that brings about chickenpox and measles in human body.

Normally, people who have suffered from this virus will definitely face chickenpox in the early growth period. The sad part is that even after getting over the disease the person might have few remains of this virus for a very long time sometimes lifelong.

Usually it is considered as a revisiting chicken pox, as the surface almost looks the same. The patient will always be under stress and immune system might surely go for a toss. The pan is very terrible and there is a constant urge to scratch or itch. The early symptoms of shingles are fever, chills, stomach cramps, fatigue; the blisters form a shape like a belt or circle and form around the particular area only. There is still no particular treatment or a complete cure possible. People suffering from shingles do experience chronic neuralgia over a certain period of time.

Once you see a slight formation of shingles it is advisable you run to your doctor as early as possible. The person is forced to cry as bearing the pain is extremely difficult. If these are not treated on time it might lead to pneumonia, Loss of eyesight, organ malfunction, hearing loss, nervous breakdown. It can also turn fatal if not treated instantly.

Generally children and older people are at a higher risk of suffering from shingles. It can also arise if a person was under heavy medication or consumption of immunosuppressive drugs. It is contagious and even a healthy person might suffer from this virus if it ever came in contact with someone suffering from the same. The concern should be seen that the person does not expose to the sunlight. Rarely scratch the affected area. Follow a healthy diet and consume medicines prescribed.

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How Long Is Shingles Contagious ?