If you have had chickenpox, you can get snakepox, or in medical language it is known as shingles. Unlike herpes simplex which is often transmitted through sexual intercourse, herpes zoster is a disease caused by the varicella zoster virus, which is a virus that also causes chickenpox.
What is herpes zoster?
Shingles is a rash on painful skin, caused by the varicella zoster virus. This disease is usually experienced by parents or people who have low immunity due to stress, drugs, or other conditions.
What is the cause of herpes zoster?
After you have been affected and recovered from chickenpox, the virus will stay in your neural network, but in a state of "sleep" aka dormant. Shingles appears when the virus that causes chicken pox "wakes up" or revives in your body.
In some people, the virus will sleep forever. But in some other people, the virus can be built. The originators are disease, stress, aging, or other conditions that reduce body immunity.
Now, when the virus that causes chickenpox is active again, it will cause shingles on your body, not chickenpox. So, people affected by this type of herpes are people who have previously been exposed to chickenpox. This type of herpes can also occur even though the chickenpox that has been suffered before is not very visible (subclinical).
Is this disease contagious?
You will not get this virus from someone else. However, if you have never been exposed to chickenpox for life, and have never been vaccinated against chickenpox, it is possible for you to get infected from someone who is sick with shingles.
What are the characteristics and symptoms of herpes zoster?
Rashes on the skin due to this disease will only appear on one part of your body. This is because the virus only attacks certain nerve parts.
The following are signs and symptoms that can be found:
- Pain, heat, numbness, or tingling
- Sensitivif when touched
- Reddish skin rash that appears on the initial few days
- Liquid blisters that can peel and dry out
- Head pain
- Sensitive to light
- Feeling tired
Pain is usually the initial symptom of this disease, although the pain that varies varies from person to person. Some feel only a little pain, some have severe pain. Usually, this type of rash from herpes appears on one side of the body, can also be affected on one side around the eyes, neck or face.
How do you treat it?
This disease is usually treated with drugs, such as anti-viral drugs and anti-pain. If you experience signs and symptoms that lead to shingles, immediately see a doctor. Anti-viral treatment that starts early can cure the rash faster and less painful.
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