Herpes Zoster or as commonly called the shingles is a scary virus to get and the symptoms are bothersome. The virus is not very serious if the symptoms are properly cared for If some one in your family gets Herpes Zoster or the Shingles it can be a stressful experience for the whole family.
Herpes Zoster or the Shingles is not a contagious disease. It is basically the reappearance of the Chickenpox. The Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) is the virus that causes Chickenpox. It is not the same virus that causes Genital Herpes. The shingles can not be spread from person to person. However the VZV virus can be spread as the Chickenpox while the Shingles are in the blister stage, but only to people who have not had the Chickenpox before.
Herpes Zoster or the Shingles symptoms usually includes pain and an itchy or tingly feeling in the area where the rash will develop. Other Symptoms can include fever, headache, upset stomach and chills. Herpes Zoster or the Shingles usually starts as a rash on one side of the face or body. The rash is usually blisters that scab in 3-5 days. Normally it takes two to four weeks for the rash to clear. Proper care of the symptoms is the best treatment besides going to a doctor. Simply keep the area clean and dry until the symptoms of the rash dry up and go away.
Any one who has had the Chickenpox can develop the Shingles. Children can develop Herpes Zoster or the shingles too. The risk for this disease increases as a person gets older. The Center for Disease Control was a major source of this information. Click the links below for more info on the Herpes Zoster Virus and its symptoms.