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Shingles and Hives


Joseph Requejo

on 9 February 2010

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Transcript of Shingles and Hives

Shingles and Hives Also known as Postherpetic Neuralgia or Herpes Zoster Also known as Urticaria The most common location for shingles is a band, called a dermatome, spanning one side of the trunk around the waistline, but it more severe cases it can spread throughout the
epidermis. LOCATION Causes Anyone who has had chicken pox has the chance of getting shingles
The reason for this is that the virus causing chicken pox, varicella-zoster, stays in the body and can eventually reactivate. At the end of having chicken pox, the virus retreats into the nervous system. Sometimes the virus moves through the nerve fibers back to the skin causing the shingles rash. Signs and Symptoms
Pain, burning, numbness or tingling
A red rash that that shows up a few days after the pain begins
Fluid-filled blisters that break open and crust over
Itching Sometimes people also experience:
Fever and chills
General achiness
Fatigue Diagnosing Shingles Doctors and other health care professionals can differentiate shingles from chickenpox and other rashes because Shingles always forms a band or cluster, and usually appear only on one side. Doctors often take a swab or scraping from the blisters and send it to a laboratory to be tested. Treatment Your doctor will try to prescribe medications that will shorten the duration of the eruptions and ease pain, or you can use over the counter pain medicines such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen.


It is important to get lots of rest and to reduce pain you man apply a cool cloth to the blisters and take a cool bath at least once a day. : Hives can appear extensively throughout the body Hives can be caused as a side effect of certain medical treatments, as an allergic reaction to some foods, and also from infections.
Red itchy skin weals
Angioedema - and the symptoms of angioedema including:
Swollen face
Lip swelling
Tongue swelling
Diagnosing hives often involves taking a complete medical history to pinpoint possible triggers, and performing a physical examination and laboratory tests to rule out other medical conditions. Antihistamines are often prescribed to control
the rashes and itching. Natural treatments such as Oxyhive can be utilized to fight this disease but if treatments fail to work, Cortisone can be an effective alternative. The End :) Location Causes Symptoms Ricky Augustin
Joseph Requejo
Nick Rodrigues
Judy Pham
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