Diagnosing Shingles Treatment

There are approximately 250,000 cases of shingles in the UK each year; the majority of these cases (about two thirds) are in people aged over 50 years with younger adults and children making up the rest.

Shingles can last 2-4 weeks with the painful rash lasting around 7-10 days, during this time a sufferer will be in some discomfort due to the irritation and itchiness felt from the rash and the pain felt in the affected nerve. Anyone that has had chickenpox in the past is open to a potential bout of shingles which is caused by a reactivation of the herpes varicella-zoster virus which remains in the nervous system after chickenpox.

Diagnosing shingles treatment will depend on the severity of the condition, it is also recommended that visit a doctor as soon as possible to ensure the correct diagnosis can be given and the right type of treatment can be provided.

Why is a doctor important in diagnosing shingles treatment?

Diagnosing shingles treatment is also best done by a qualified doctor rather than trying to diagnose what medication is needed yourself. Visiting your own GP is the best thing to do as he/she will be familiar with your medical history and also you are likely to be more comfortable in their presence.

A doctor or GP is essential is providing the correct treatment and in many cases medication is only available on prescription. The doctor will provide the treatment based on your level of pain and circumstances, in many cases the pain is moderate enough to recommend paracetamol as a painkiller.

Some cases may warrant the use of an anti-inflammatory non-steroidal drug such as ibuprofen although this will depend on your medical history and whether you suffer or have suffered from problems, with stomach, liver or kidneys or a currently pregnant or breastfeeding.

When diagnosing shingles treatment, a doctor may prescribe an antidepressant or anticonvulsant to help with pain and stabilise the nervous activity in the brain; the correct dosage in essential when using stronger medication like this as there are potential side effects.

Shingles can be helped by the use of antiviral medication, although not in all cases, once again a doctor is vital in providing the correct diagnosis. Antiviral medication can be beneficial in reducing the severity of the shingles and speeding up the recovery time, however it is only considered for use in more severe cases of the virus.

There are many different methods of self-help methods that can be used to help treat shingles; you should seek advice from a doctor to find what is best for you. By diagnosing shingles treatment the doctor will be able to provide you with techniques that can be used alongside medication. Using non-adhesive dressings can stop the virus from spreading and loose clothing can help you to remain comfortable. The use of cold compresses can be helpful in soothing blisters as can calamine lotion which is recommended to take away the itchiness of the rash.




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