Shingles In Seniors Can Be Extremely Painful 

Shingles in seniors is a very real and a very nasty situation--period.

This is not a condition you can help with a diet or with nutrients, the only way you can prevent it is with a vaccination.

However, not everyone in our group can get this vaccination.

It is highly recommended that if you have ever had chicken pox that you get one unless you have a high a compromised immune system, also referred to as immunocompromised.

The First Sings Of Shingles In Seniors

Immunocompromised means that you are incapable of any type of a normal immune response, because of therapy or some types of disease.

You should also not get the vaccination if have recently been treated with chemotherapy or very high doses of steroids as it will not help.

The vaccination for shingle in seniors otherwise is extremely effective and very safe.

The only known side effects may be very small chicken pox patches or blisters, but they will only last a day or so.

Anyone in our age group should get it for one simple reason; its primary target is anyone 50 and over.

It is extremely painful and most of us know someone who has had it, or worst yet, have had it ourselves.

It is a very nasty skin rash that is caused by the zoster virus, and here is how you will know you are getting it.

  • A rash develops that looks like a band
  • A rash that likes like some type of strip
  • A rash on one the side of your body
  • A rash on one side on your face

If you have ever had chicken pox, and most of us have, this wicked virus stays in our body and it just sets and waits.

The strange thing shingles in seniors is that some of us will live or entire life and never get it; or it will strike and attack us at any time as you age.

Other Conditions That Can Trigger It

However, if you do get it you will never have it again, correct?

Wrong, you may get it another time, although it is not common, it could happen.

Medical experts are still not 100% sure why it attacks some people as we age, but they do know that if your immune system is not at full strength, that allows it to attack.

Our immune system begins to slow down like the rest of our body as well age, and this is the reason it is such a threat.

In fact, it is estimated that at least 65% of all cases of it occurs in the 60 year and older age group.

However, there are also other things that may trigger it such as the following.

  • Too much exposure to the sun
  • Stress
  • Cold weather
  • Cancer and its treatments
  • HIV infection
  • An organ transplant and the drugs associated with it

Shingles in seniors also has one other oddity associated with it. It is not contagious; or is it?

Most experts will tell you that you cannot get it from someone who has it. But, and here comes the ugly but word, you could still spread it.

If someone who has never had the chicken pox comes into contact with this virus, there is a small but real chance they could be exposed and get it.

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The Symptoms and Warning Signs of Shingles 

So what are the symptoms other than the obvious onset of the different types of rashes?

Here are the other warning signs of shingles in seniors.

  • A sudden headache
  • A sudden sensitivity to light
  • Flu like symptoms but without the fever—perhaps the most significant
  • Slight itching as well as tingling—there is a reason for this
  • The appearance of the different rashes described above
  • Blisters

The blisters are the real threat in this condition and there is no good news associated with them.

In fact, unlike the rash itself, these get real serious very quickly. The blisters will fill up with pus and can last as long as (4) weeks.

In most cases they will only last 2-3 weeks, but in severe cases, they can last almost a month. In some cases, they can scar your skin like chicken pox.

What is also very strange with this condition, some people will get only a slight or no rash.

The reason that shingles in seniors is causing the tingling and itching is that it is affecting your nerves.

Because of these, you may also experience the following symptoms; dizziness, weakness, memory, as well as temporary vision issues.

There are also some other issues with shingles in seniors. There can be long term effects.

This is referred to as PHN or post herpetic neuralgia. Where ever your rashes surfaced, this long term pain may develop.

In fact, this is what makes shingles in seniors so dangerous; the older you are, the more prone you are to PHN.

There are medications you can take such as steroids, and there is also some home remedies you can take that may help PHN from developing.

Home Treatments That May Help

They include the following:

  • Turmeric paste
  • Aspirin paste
  • Baking soda baths

Turmeric is well known for fighting inflammation both internally and externally, and it may also help with this condition.

However, don’t use the powder form; instead buy it in stick form. Grind this form into a fine powder, add water, and make a smooth paste.

Apply the paste to your rash and leave it on for 15 minutes. Then wash it off very gently with cold water, not hot water, and repeat every four hours.

This will not only help the PHN for occurring, it will also help the scaring effects.

Aspirin is also a strong anti-inflammatory drug, and do the same thing except use rubbing alcohol instead of water. Crush 2 aspirin tables and use 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol.

Then apply the paste. You will be shocked at good it feels and slows the pain.

Baking soda baths in lukewarm water also help with relieving the pain, but when you dry off, only gently use a towel. The key is very, very gentle padding when drying.

Shingles in seniors is a real treat and these home remedies may help you cope and lessen the effects.

References

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/shingles/shingles-topic-overview#1

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