Herpes Simplex Research Paper

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The Shingles, or Herpes zoster, is a reactivation of the Varicella-zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chickenpox in children. Shingles appear on the body as red, hive-like clusters that usually cause very intense pain and an overall feeling of being unwell. Flu-like symptoms (minus the fever), itching, tingling, and extreme pain at the site of the rash, are the most common signs of the virus. Shingles are sometimes called herpes zoster. This is very different to genital herpes, which is caused by a different virus called herpes simplex. A person with shingles can transmit the virus to others who have not had the chicken pox. A person is not considered contagious before the rash blisters and when postherpetic neuralgia sets in. About 1 in 4 people have shingles at some time in their lives. It can occur at any age, but it is most common in people over the age of 50. After the age of 50, it becomes increasingly more common as you get older. It is uncommon to have shingles more than once, but some people do have it more than …show more content…
The doctor may also take a tissue scraping or cluster of the blisters for examination in the laboratory (Mayo Clinic Staff). In deciding whether or not someone has the shingles virus can be determined through certain symptoms. Pain, burning, numbness or tingling, sensitivity to touch, a red rash that begins a few days after the pain, fluid-filled blisters that break open and crust over, and itching. Some people may also experience a fever, headache, and fatigue (Mayo Clinic Staff). Shingles is a very serious virus causing severe pain and extreme rash that can become annoying for many victims of the rash. In having the symptoms above, one should see a doctor if: 1) The pain and rash occur near an eye. 2) If left untreated, this infection can lead to permanent eye

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