Shingles: Some people never develop tell-tale rash – other symptoms to spot

According to the Mayo Clinic, pain is “usually” the first symptom of shingles. In most cases it is followed by a rash, which “develops as a stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or right side of your torso”. And “sometimes the shingles rash occurs around one eye or on one side of the neck or face,” it says.

However, the clinic explains: “Some people experience shingles pain without ever developing the rash.”

Therefore, other symptoms to look out for include:

  • fever
  • headache
  • sensitivity to light
  • fatigue

It advises to see your doctor if you have concerns about these symptoms, especially if “you’re 60 or older, because age significantly increases your risk of complications” or if you or a family member has a weakened immune system.

READ MORE: Dementia: Scientists identify vitamin deficiency that may cause decline – millions at risk

Complications that can arise from shingles can be serious.

One such complication is postherpetic neuralgia.

This is when the shingles pain continues long after the blisters have cleared.

It occurs when damaged nerve fibres send confused and exaggerated messages of pain from your skin to your brain.

DON’T MISS

Shingles can also result in neurological problems.

“Depending on which nerves are affected, shingles can cause an inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), facial paralysis, or hearing or balance problems,” the Mayo Clinic says.

If you do develop a rash from shingles it is likely you could experience “fluid-filled” blisters that break open and crust over, as well as itching.

The rash can also cause lasting issues.

“This usually occurs through direct contact with the open sores of the shingles rash.

“Once infected, the person will develop chickenpox, however, not shingles.

“Until your shingles blisters scab over, you are contagious and should avoid physical contact with anyone who hasn’t yet had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine, especially people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women and newborns.”

There is no cure for shingles but early treatment can reduce the length of infection and reduce the risk of complications.

Stay connected with us on social media platform for instant update click here to join our  Twitter, & Facebook

We are now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@TechiUpdate) and stay updated with the latest Technology headlines.

For all the latest Health News Click Here 

 For the latest news and updates, follow us on Google News

Read original article here

Denial of responsibility! TechAzi is an automatic aggregator around the global media. All the content are available free on Internet. We have just arranged it in one platform for educational purpose only. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials on our website, please contact us by email – [email protected]. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More