From Stillwater-Ponca City (OK) Ostomy Outlook July 1999:
from N.Z. Ostomate; via Halton-Peel Counties
Shingles can cause long term pain and must be taken seriously and
treated immediately. This is a viral illness that mainly affects your skin
and nerves. The same virus causes chicken pox. It is not usually a serious
illness but it may be very unpleasant. Sometimes it can affect your eyes
or spread more widely over your body. If either of these occur, you must
tell your doctor straight away. The symptoms are not always obvious.
- Pain is normally on one side of the body only.
- Pain generally begins as a deep, squeezing or stabbing pain and later
becomes a burning, itching, or tingling sensation.
- Areas of red spots which may resemble insect bites or blisters appear
on the skin. The rash may be over your hip, your waist, your arm, or your
- After about a week, blisters will develop into small scabs or crusts
which will disappear after 2-3 weeks.
People with shingles feel different kinds of pain, and different levels
of pain. Although your pain may be extremely uncomfortable, medication can
help and it will diminish with time.
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