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Can skin trauma cause shingles?
Shingles is a reactivation of the dormant herpes zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles is often triggered by severe stress, trauma or an illness.
What triggers an outbreak of shingles?
Shingles is triggered by a weakened or compromised immune system. Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a virus infection that causes painful rashes on the body, usually on one side of your torso. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes chickenpox.
Should I go to the ER if I think I have shingles?
If for any reason, your doctor is out of office, or the person that sees you does not take this seriously, then you need to go to an emergency room. Most people who have shingles unless they’re very young or it’s a very mild rash should be treated with these medications to lessen their risk of PHN.
Can surgery bring on shingles?
Advancing age, chronic use of cortisone-type drugs, and the stress of major surgery may trigger shingles. The virus may also become active again after trauma to the skin from injury or sunburn. Emotional stress seems to be a common trigger as well. What are the symptoms?
Does shingles appear suddenly?
Early symptoms of shingles can appear several days before the more obvious symptoms. However, some people will not have early symptoms before a rash appears. The most common early symptoms occur on one part of the body or face.
How will doctor treat shingles?
Several antiviral medicines—acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir—are available to treat shingles and shorten the length and severity of the illness. These medicines are most effective if you start taking them as soon as possible after the rash appears.
What are the stages of shingles?
The 4 stages of shingles and how the condition progresses
- The stages of shingles are tingling pain, followed by a burning feeling and a red rash, then blistering, and finally the blisters will crust over.
- You will typically develop a rash about 1-5 days after you feel numbness or tingling pain.
Does shingles follow a nerve?
Outbreaks of shingles often follow the distribution of nerves in the skin. This distribution pattern is called a dermatome (see the dermatomes picture). Shingles occurs more commonly on the chest and back, but can involve the arms and legs.