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  • 1. Shingles
    By: Sierra Jarmon
  • 2. The Cause
    Varicella-zoster virus
    Same virus that causes chickenpox
  • 3. Transmission
    Direct contact with open sores of shingles rash
    Can pass to someone who has never had the chickenpox
    Dangerous for newborns, pregnant women, and people with weak immune sysytems
  • 4. High incidence groups
    Anyone who had chickenpox
    People over the age of 50
    Those with weakened immune systems
    HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Steroids, etc.
  • 5. Incubation period
    Hidden in nervous system for years after recovering from the chickenpox
  • 6. Signs and symptoms
    Abdominal pain
    Chills
    Ptosis
    Headache
    Lymph nodes
    Genital lesions
    Joint pain
  • 7. Diagnosis
    Skin sample
    Infected with varicella-zoster virus
    Blood test
    Increase in white blood cells
  • 8. Acute or Chronic
    Shingles are acute
    A complication Post-herpetic neuralgia is chronic
  • 9. Immunity?
    Does not provide immunity
    Shingles can recur again
  • 10. Body parts affected
    The skin
    Band of blisters
    One side of chest from the spine to the breast bone
  • 11. Prevention
    Avoid contact with open sores of the shingles rash
    Get Herpes zoster vaccine especially if over the age of 60
  • 12. Course of treatment
    Antiviral medication to reduce pain and complications
    Should be started within 24 hours of first symptom
    Anti-inflammatory drugs may reduce swelling
    Soothing baths and lotions relieve itching and discomfort
  • 13. Lastly…
    The shingles is not usually terminal
    People in the high incidence groups could possibly die if exposed and proper treatment is not received