Featured Shingles Articles
Descriptions of Featured Shingles Articles
Shingles is a common condition in older adults that often causes a very painful rash. This selection from the eMedTV archives offers an in-depth look at this disease, including information on its possible symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options.
Gabapentin is a drug that can be used to treat certain types of seizures, as well as postherpetic neuralgia. This eMedTV resource discusses the drug in detail, offering information on how it works, dosing information, side effects, and more.
Acyclovir is a prescription medicine that is used to treat shingles, chickenpox, and genital herpes. This eMedTV article offers an overview of the drug, including information on its uses, dosing guidelines, possible side effects, and more.
Symptoms of Shingles
As this eMedTV segment explains, common symptoms of shingles include burning pain or numbness in or under the skin, as well as a rash of fluid-filled blisters. This article discusses these and several other signs and symptoms of the disease.
Zostavax is a vaccine that can be given to help prevent shingles in people 50 years old and older. This eMedTV article describes how Zostavax works, lists possible side effects of the drug, and explains what you should know before getting the vaccine.
As this eMedTV article explains, shingles treatment can include antiviral drugs, painkillers, and anesthetic patches, among other things. This page describes these and treatment options in detail and discusses the goals of treatment.
As this eMedTV article explains, the shingles rash is often made up of small, fluid-filled blisters that are similar to chickenpox. This resource offers an overview of the rash, including information on how long it takes for the typical rash to subside.
Common shingles symptoms include swollen lymph nodes and a rash. As this eMedTV page explains, they can also include burning pain generally located on one side of the body. This page describes these and other signs and symptoms of shingles in detail.
Causes of Shingles
Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (the same virus that causes chickenpox). This eMedTV segment offers more information on the causes of shingles, including an explanation of how the varicella-zoster virus becomes reactivated.
Gabapentin Side Effects
While most people have no problems with gabapentin, side effects are possible. This page from the eMedTV archives provides lists of common and rare side effects seen with the drug, as well as those that should be reported immediately to your doctor.
Shingles and Pregnancy
Developing shingles during pregnancy is rare, but the condition may pose some risk to the unborn child. This eMedTV segment offers an overview of shingles and pregnancy, including information on the treatment options available for pregnant women.
The pain felt with shingles can be mild or severe, and it usually subsides within three to five weeks. This eMedTV resource discusses the different types of shingles pain, including pain that persists long after the shingles rash has healed.
Cure for Shingles
As this eMedTV page explains, there is currently no cure for shingles. However, early treatment with antiviral drugs can reduce the length and severity of a shingles attack. This page talks about these antiviral drugs and the new shingles vaccine.
Lidoderm is a prescription medication used to treat nerve pain that occurs after having shingles. This eMedTV Web article explains how this medicine works, as well as its potential side effects, dosing guidelines, general safety concerns, and more.
Postherpetic neuralgia, a problem seen with shingles, causes pain that lasts long after the rash has healed. This eMedTV segment describes this complication in detail, with information on the causes, symptoms, treatment options, and more.
Is Shingles Contagious?
As this eMedTV Web page explains, shingles is not contagious. This Web page also discusses how a person with shingles can cause chickenpox in someone who has not had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine.
Valacyclovir is typically prescribed to treat genital herpes, shingles, and other conditions. This segment of the eMedTV archives highlights how the drug works, covers potential side effects, offers tips for those taking the medication, and more.
Acyclovir Side Effects
A few common side effects of acyclovir include diarrhea, nausea, and a general ill feeling. This eMedTV page provides detailed lists of both common and rare side effects that can occur with the drug, including those requiring prompt medical attention.
Post Herpetic Neuralgia
This eMedTV page explains that a person with postherpetic neuralgia experiences pain in the area of the shingles rash for months, or even years, after the rash has healed. Post herpetic neuralgia is an alternate spelling of postherpetic neuralgia.