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Are There Complications From Shingles?

RM Shingles


Shingles is an illness that adults generally develop in lieu of surviving the chicken pox as a child. The Varicella-Zoster virus can live dormant inside the body for many years until one day it just decides to flare up and result in the shingles starting to develop.

Complications can form after pretty much any type of illness and shingles is no exception. Here are some of the things that can ensue following a breakout:

  • Nerve damage of sorts, this is usually as a result of the rash forming blisters and not being able to get back to not feeling that sensation at the sight of where those blisters had formed on the skin. Many patients take prescription medications that can alter the way that their nerves feel pain as far as blocking it, and some take a natural approach and engage in things such as acupuncture.
  • Scarring of the skin where the blisters once were is also somewhat common for those who have just suffered shingles. Most usually notice that their skin just goes back to normal, but some advanced cases have a tendency to leave harsh markings all over the skin in various places. This is frustrating for those who developed blisters or rashes on their faces as they end up with scars to be treated by their dermatologist later down the road.
  • In some really advanced cases of shingles, patients can be hospitalized just because of their fever. Most get fevers as a symptom of the virus, but some have one that they just cannot break. When this happens, they have to head to the emergency room to avoid any permanent damages that can result from a fever stewing in the body too long.

As said earlier, any time one is sick with virtually anything there is always the chance of complications arising at some level. Be cautious of signs that are trying to warn you of these possibilities and do your homework in regards to the vaccination that is available for anyone in your family that has not had the chicken pox earlier in life and you wish to get them protected from these viruses.