Medical News Today: What are some home remedies for shingles?
Shingles is a viral infection that causes a rash, which can be painful. There are several home remedies that may provide relief from the symptoms. These include chamomile, witch hazel, and oat baths. Different treatments may be more effective for different people. Learn more about natural treatments for shingles here.
The clear tissue at the front of the eye is known as the cornea, and it must remain crystal clear in order for an individual to see clearly. The herpes viruses can infect the cornea, causing damage to tissue and possibly causing lasting visual impairment if not quickly identified and treated. Herpes simplex: the cold sore virus One of the most common infections of the cornea is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV type I and HSV type II), or the cold sore virus. The most common question from patients with HSV infection of the cornea is “How did I get this?” The answer is fairly simple. The virus is everywher...
I was speaking with someone recently who has a series of chronic and painful conditions; some of which are noticeable and some ‘invisible’. What is particularly distressful is that people sometimes say to her, “At least you don’t have cancer.” How dismissive is that? I know they are trying to help her feel better about what she does have and perhaps even attempt to minimize the impact, but it is not compassionate or helpful. There are diagnoses such as fibromyalgia, lupus, diabetes, arthritis or neuropathy which some people have to navigate. It might mean taking naps on an as-needed basis, en...
Title: Potentially Blinding Shingles of the Eye on the RiseCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/9/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/10/2019 12:00:00 AM
THURSDAY, May 9, 2019 -- The virus that gave you chickenpox as a kid can rise again after decades of inactivity and inflict a painful, even blinding, eye infection in old age. New research reveals that cases of eye-based " shingles " have tripled...
(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) More Americans are being diagnosed with eye complications of shingles, but older adults can call the shots on whether they are protected from the painful rash that can cost them their eyesight.
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Varicella zoster virus (VZV) is an exclusively human, neurotropic, DNA alphaherpesvirus that produces varicella (chicken pox) and then becomes latent in neurons residing in the cranial nerve, dorsal root, and autonomic ganglia. As VZV-specific cell-mediated immunity wanes, virus can reactivate from 1 or more ganglia and travel peripherally to produce herpes zoster (HZ; shingles) in the corresponding dermatome(s). Risk factors for reactivation include aging, cancer, human immunodeficiency virus, and treatment with immunosuppressive therapy.
Can You Still Go to Work if You Have Shingles?
Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus -- the same virus that causes chickenpox. If you've had chickenpox, the virus can lie dormant in your body's nerve tissue for years when suddenly it's triggered by stress or a weakened immune system, and manifests as shingles. A new shingles vaccine called Shingrix is recommended for anyone [...]