It causes pain and a rash along a band of skin supplied by the affected nerve. It affects many individuals all over the world. Our photographers provide royalty free stock photos, stock photographs, graphics, and pictures for as little as 1 dollar. An early doctor visit could have reduced the severity of my attack (within 3 days). Antiviral medication may be prescribed to limit the severity of the condition. Shingles occurs due to a reactivation of the chickenpox virus, caused by the varicella zoster virus which initially causes the condition. All mine occurred on the top of my head (C2), left side of my head (C2), and on the left side of my chin (C3).
This is what my particular shingles scabs looked like – not so pretty. For reasons that are not clear, the virus may begin to multiply again (reactivate). The immune system can become weakened by many factors such as aging, stress and even disease and/or illness. Dates are approximate, and should be shifted about 2 to 3 days to the left, but they are sequential as shown, from left to right. . For example, shingles commonly occurs in younger people who have HIV/AIDS or whose immune system is suppressed with treatment such as steroids or chemotherapy. However, there is a small but still significant chance that someone with the shingles rash can in fact spread the virus to another individual who has never had chickenpox and has not received the chickenpox vaccine.
Why? They hurt like crazy, and they also itched like crazy. Occasionally, two or three nerves next to each other are affected. Below are several images to show how a shingles rash outbreak may appear on the skin. I do not advise plucking, but I personally found it very satisfying. The pain remained, but the itching was much less. You may have a constant dull, burning, or gnawing pain.
When they are ready, they pluck quite easily. For me, waiting for them to fall off on their own, was out of the question. They demand attention. New blisters may appear for up to a week. I find this puzzling, and I have no explanation. Neither end seems to have come from a follicle. Notice that the larger scabs are about 1/8″ thick, and pop off rather easily, like little nuggets.
The picture above shows a scabbing rash (a few days old) of a fairly bad episode of shingles. 10, I had harvested 95% of the shingles. The pain has finally subsided. “They say” it takes 6 weeks for the wounds to heal, but I am past 8 weeks, with deep, pink scalp depressions remaining. You cannot get shingles from someone who has shingles. Post Herpetic Neuralgia For some unfortunate individuals, in some cases, the pain does NOT subside, EVEN AFTER HEALING. This is referred to as post-herpetic neuralgia (Post Herpetic Neuralgia), and indicates that painkillers may be required.
I believe that I am getting a mild case now – twinges that come and go. Also, to play safe and not risk passing on the virus to others who may not have had chickenpox, you should not share towels, go swimming, or play contact sports such as rugby while you have a shingles rash. The trouble is, that it usually takes that long to figure out what is going on. But it is not too late to get some pain pills. Do it.