Volume 2, Issue 4


Review on: Shingles, Its Complications & Management


Author: Radhika Devi M R*, Yellina Haribabu, Sheeja Velayudhankutty, Sosamma Cicy Eapen, Sujitha R

Department of pharmaceutical analysis, Grace college of pharmacy, kodunthirappully post, palakkad-689692, kerala, India.

Abstract: Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus – the same virus that causes chickenpox. After had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near to spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactive as shingles. The first sign of shingles is usually pain in the area of the affected nerve. A rash of fluid-filled blisters then appears in the affected area, typically only on one side of the body. This rash is usually present for about seven days but the pain may persist for longer. Anyone with shingles whose immune system is depressed needs prompt treatment with an antiviral drug. The drug that is most commonly used is aciclovir. Other drugs that are sometimes prescribed include valaciclovir and famciclovir. They are all most effective if taken within 3 days of the rash appearing.

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