A unilateral, inflammatory, vesicular, eruption caused by latent herpes varicella virus from within sensory ganglia which attacks the posterior root ganglion and produces the skin eruption secondarily along the dermatomal distribution. It commonly attacks elder people, young persons with immunodeficiency are affected, or it can also transmit as Trans placental infection from mother to baby.
Varicella zoster reactivation in the dorsal root ganglia causes structural damage that result in chronic stimulation of the CNS resulting in pain.
Clinical features of shingles – incubation period 7 – 12 days.
- Pain with hyperesthesia along the course of the nerve and fever
- Eruption may be first sign
- Edematous patches along course of nerve
- Appearance of vesicles in crops later may become purulent
- In immunosuppression lesion may be widespread
- Chronic ulcerative lesions are found in AIDS patient
- Rashes are unilateral, rashes leaves pigmentation and scarring
Based on typical unilateral lesion
Isolation of virus from lesion
Treatment for shingles
Homeopathic treatment for shingles – Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat shingles but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility.As far as therapeutic medication is concerned; several well-proved medicines are available in the treatment for shingles that can be selected on the basis of cause, location, sensation, modalities and extension of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Few important medicines which are helpful in the treatment for shingles are given below:
Sepia, Tellurium, Capsicum, Natrum Mur, Rhus Tox, Arsenic Album, Hepar Sulph, Nitric Acid, Caladium, Carbo Veg, Ran Bulb and many other medicines.
Allopathic treatment for shingles – mainly include calamine lotion, analgesics, antibiotics, steroids, for post herpetic neuralgia local anesthesia.