Herpes zoster (shingles): clinical management of diagnosis and treatment

My Sexually Transmitted Disease Story

When I was a young child about the age of seven years old I remember playing at the park with my friends. We were young and thought it was a bright idea to play in the dirt looking for worms that would appear every so often after it would rain during the day time. When my father came to tell me we were going home so I can have dinner I started feeling very itchy and having a reddish rash on my arm. I didn’t think it was a big deal until I kept scratching it until it was starting to bleed and burn. I showed my parents my arm.

My father said it’s just a rash it will be OK but, my mother ( who is a registered nurse in the state of New York city ) quickly told me that I had the chicken-pox and I can’t go to school until I was done being treated for my condition. According to her, it was highly contagious and I would most certainly infect some of the other children at my school if they came into contact with me. I was off of school for about a week if my memory serves me well and I really enjoyed being able to stay at home all day long and watch cartoons. It was almost as if I had hit the kiddie lottery and had a mini-vacation. I was able to eat cereal play with my toys and even stay up later than I normally would. As a child, this was literally the time of my life. My mother felt bad for me so I was able to have chocolate cake, ice cream, and candy far more often than I normally would have gotten during a typical weekday.

Chickenpox

I bring up my experience with the chicken-pox because my younger brother caught what we first thought was the chickenpox a few years later but his experience was totally different from mines. His rash started out very similar to my previous situation with the chickenpox but, he seemed to be dealing with much more pain and he was on the side of his stomach area plus it was much larger than mines in comparison. His illness seemed to be much more serious in general because he had to go to the hospital. I’m not sure if he received any treatments at the hospital because I didn’t go with them. When they returned I asked my mother why his chicken-pox was so much more severe than mines? And she replied that his form of chickenpox was called shingles. I still don’t totally understand how this illness can be so minor with me but so intense in with little brother. But from what I understand, the virus usually first appears as chickenpox but can remain dormant for years afterward. Then it can return with vengeance in the form of shingles. I was under the impression that I was cured of the virus that caused me to have chicken pox until that very moment. After about two weeks of my little brother being home crying and complaining about the pain, he had to endure with the shingles rash. He eventually got better and returned back to his normal healthy self again.

Terrible pain

From watching my little brother go through this scenario of agony and torment at the will of this illness. And now knowing it can return and cause me that kind of pain I’m really concerned about my future. I don’t like the idea of having this virus just casually live in my body until it decides it wants to attack me again. At any time I can be shingles next victim. So I’m happy to be doing this survey today. It is actually informing me with some great information about shingles in general. I didn’t know they had medications that can help prevent people from having a future shingles outbreak. I will look into possibly getting the vaccines that are currently available. My only concern is that I don’t know what the side effects consist of? But thanks to the link provided to me by this hit I will be able to update my information on this subject.

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3 thoughts on “Herpes zoster (shingles): clinical management of diagnosis and treatment

  1. I am very ashamed of my symptom flare ups of my Herpes Zoster. I would like to engage sexually and romantically with my girlfriend, but every time I am in fear she would see it and break up with me because of it. I’ve had this for about 2 years already.

  2. A few years ago, I developed what appeared to be a rash. I was not alarmed at the time and figured it would dissipate on its own. However, this was not the case; I eventually went to the doctor and discovered it was herpes zoster. I have been treating it ever since.

  3. My husband has suffered with Herpes Zoster for the last 2 years. Herpes Zoster is also known as shingles, is a common viral infection of the nerves, which results in a painful rash of small blisters on a strip of skin anywhere on the body. Even after the rash is gone, the pain may continue for months. My husband has dealt with this issue for over two years on and off. It is a very painful issue for him. He started having issues with this about two years back. And since then has had to take over the counter and actual doctor prescribed medications to help ease his pain with this issue.
    Like most herpes viruses, varicella-zoster cannot be cured. However, shingles can be treated, which can speed up healing time, reduce pain, and delay or prevent shingles from recurring. Most of the time, pills are taken by mouth. This issue will be a terminal for life problem for my husband. And each day is more or less suffering.

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