Herpes Zoster Pictures
What is Herpes Zoster?
Herpes zoster is caused by the virus that causes chickenpox.
After the chickenpox heals, the virus lies dormant in the body
and can reoccur later in life as shingles. This often happens
to people over 50 and people with weakened immune systems due
to other disease.
Where Can I See Pictures of Herpes Zoster?
The pictures below will show you what herpes zoster looks like.
It usually occurs on one side of the face or body and can start
off as just a red rash or red bumps. The bumps will then swell
into sores and blisters that are very painful. The blisters can
burst open and seep fluid. When the blisters burst, the resulting
open sore is also extremely painful.
You can see from the pictures that the shingles usually form
in patches or clusters and may make it impossible for the person
to sit or lie on that side until the lesions heal.
Shingles on the face can be very damaging to the tissue of the
face and the eyes and can result in hearing and vision loss.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Shingles?
Other than the obvious blisters and sores, some other signs
and symptoms of shingles are tingling and burning of the area
as well as itching it the area. You may experience flu-like symptoms
such as fever and body aches.
How Do Painkillers Help Shingles?
You can see from the pictures that shingles can be very painful
and can occur on virtually any part of your body. That’s
why painkillers are used in the treatment process. Depending on
the location and severity of your lesions, you may just use an
over-the-counter painkiller such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
If you are experiencing extreme pain, your doctor may prescribe
something stronger for you.