Herpes Zoster

What is the cause of shingles?
Can shingles cause lymph nodes to swell?
Can you catch shingles from someone?
What is Nagin disease called in English?

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What is the cause of shingles?

It is caused by the varicella zoster virus. Shingles usually appears in a band, a strip, or a small area on one side of the face or body. It is also called herpes zoster. Shingles is most common in older adults and people who have weak immune systems because of stress, injury, certain medicines, or other reasons.

Can shingles cause lymph nodes to swell?

The first sign of herpes zoster is usually pain, which may be severe, relating to one or more sensory nerves. The pain may be just in one spot or it may spread out. The patient usually feels quite unwell with fever and headache. The lymph nodes draining the affected area are often enlarged and tender.

Can you catch shingles from someone?

You can catch chickenpox from someone with shingles if you have not had chickenpox before. But most adults and older children have already had chickenpox, and so are immune. You cannot get shingles from someone who has shingles. The shingles rash is contagious until all the blisters (vesicles) have scabbed and are dry.

What is Nagin disease called in English?

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Shingles is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chickenpox. Even after chickenpox is treated, the virus may live on in your nervous tissues for years before reactivating as shingles. Shingles may also be referred to as herpes zoster.

Known as shingles, this is a disease caused by a virus that attacks a sensory nerve. The skin over the nerve generally breaks out in blisters a few days after the onset of the disorder, along with pain and numbness or hypersensitivity along the course of the nerve, usually on the trunk. The blisters are at first clear, but become cloudy within a few days and form crusts that dry up after five or ten days.

The agent that causes the disease is the virus that causes chicken pox in children. The skin manifestation of herpes zoster is not serious, but the pain caused by the inflammation of the underlying nerve can be severe, lasting for weeks; recovery may be followed by persistence of neuralgia in the area of the involved nerve.

In the conventional medicine, no satisfactory treatment is available except for lotions to relieve pain, itching, or inflammation.

Homeopathy has encouraging treatment for this problem. It not only relieves the complaints of the patient but also prevents recurrence. It can even treat post-herpetic neuralgia satisfactorily which does not yield to conventional line of treatment.