Shingles

ExitCare ImageShingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. The first feelings may be pain or tingling. A rash will follow in a couple days. The rash may occur on any area of the body. Long-lasting pain is more likely in an elderly person. It can last months to years. There are medicines that can help prevent pain if you start taking them early.

HOME CARE

  • Place cool cloths on the rash.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • You may use calamine lotion to relieve itchy skin.

  • Avoid touching:

  • Babies.

  • Children with inflamed skin (eczema).

  • People who have gotten transplanted organs.

  • People with chronic illnesses, such as leukemia and AIDS.

  • If the rash is on the face, you may need to see a specialist. Keep all appointments. Shingles must be kept away from the eyes, if possible.

  • Keep all appointments.

  • Avoid touching the eyes or eye area, if possible.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have any pain on the face or eye.

  • Your medicines do not help.

  • Your redness or puffiness (swelling) spreads.

  • You have a fever.

  • You notice any red lines going away from the rash area.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.