Herpes zoster Prognosis

Herpes zoster Prognosis - Eye involvement trigeminal nerve...

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Herpes zoster Prognosis The prognosis for Herpes Zoster is usually good with the rash and pain usually subsiding within three to five weeks. About one in five patients develops a painful condition called post herpetic neuralgia, which is often difficult to manage. In some patients, herpes zoster can reactivate presenting as zoster sine herpete: pain radiating along the path of a single dermatome, but without an accompanying rash. Other serious effects that may occur in some cases include partial facial paralysis (usually temporary), ear damage, or encephalitis. Although herpes zoster typically resolves within 2 weeks, certain complications may arise: Secondary bacterial infection Motor involvement
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Unformatted text preview: Eye involvement - trigeminal nerve involvement (as seen in herpes ophthalmicus) should be treated early and aggressively as it may lead to blindness • Post herpetic neuralgia - a condition of chronic pain following herpes zoster Prevention Herpes Zoster can be prevented by not touching the rash and blisters of persons with herpes zoster or chickenpox if you have never had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine. A herpes zoster vaccine is available. It is different than the chickenpox vaccine. Older adults who receive the herpes zoster vaccine are less likely to have complications from shingles. Adults older than 60 may receive the herpes zoster vaccine as part of routine elderly medical care....
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