What Are the Symptoms of Shingles

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One-third of Americans will get shingles during their lifetime.

That’s about one million people every year. Shingles can happen in anyone who has had chickenpox during their lifetime because it is, essentially, a reactivation of the chickenpox virus, varicella-zoster. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus remains in the body, lying dormant near the brain and spinal cord in the tissues of nerves. The chances of getting shingles increases as a person ages, putting senior citizens at greater risk than younger adults. Recognizing the symptoms of shingles can help to prevent potential complications associated with shingles, such as vision loss and neurological problems.

 

Senior Care in Coconut Creek FL: Symptoms of Shingles

Senior Care in Coconut Creek FL: Symptoms of Shingles

 

Shingles Symptoms

Usually, only a small portion of a senior’s body is affected by the symptoms of shingles. The symptoms typically occur on just one side of the body. Symptoms of shingles include:

  • Feeling pain, burning, or numbness.
  • Being sensitive to touch.
  • A red rash that starts a few days after the pain begins.
  • Blisters that are filled with fluid. The blisters break open and then form a crust.
  • Itchiness.
  • In addition to symptoms related to the skin, some people also have:
  • Headaches.
  • Fever.
  • Fatigue.
  • Light sensitivity.

 

Most of the time, the first symptom of shingles is pain that can be intense. Often it is mistaken for a symptom of another health condition depending on its location. People can also have shingles pain but never get a rash.

Anyone who is 60 or older should see a doctor if they experience shingles symptoms since they are at the greatest risk of developing complications. Also, if the rash develops near the eyes, it must be treated to prevent permanent damage to the eyes.

 

Preventing Shingles

Shingles aren’t contagious to other people who have had the chickenpox during their lifetime, but it can cause chickenpox in someone who has never had it. Fortunately, there is a vaccination for both chickenpox and for shingles. If your aging relative has never had chickenpox, they should be vaccinated. If they have had chickenpox, they should receive the shingles vaccination. The shingles vaccination isn’t a guarantee that the older adult will never get shingles, but it lessens their chances and may make the condition milder if they do get it.

If your older adult family member gets shingles, home care can help them manage the symptoms and keep them more comfortable. A home care provider can assist them with keeping the area of the rash clean and dry so that it does not become infected. They can also apply Calamine lotion and help the senior to choose soft, loose-fitting clothing to wear. Home care providers can also help family caregivers to watch for signs of complications, so the older adult can get medical attention as soon as possible.

If you or a family member are in need of a Senior Care in Coconut Creek, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770.

Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.

 

Sources

https://www.mayoclinic.org

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com

https://www.cdc.gov

About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.