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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 HERPES ZOSTER A.K.A. SHINGLES Abbie Reilly Symptoms Prognosis Effects on staff working with infected patient Diagnostic procedures What could go wrong? Emot ional effec tonp atien tandf amil y Treat ments Pain and burning Small patches then red rash following usually on one side of the body Fever Chills Headache Fatigue Muscle weakness Can be diagnosed with physical examination Doctor will ask about previous virus since herpes zoster is the same virus as chicken pox Sometimes doctor will take sample of fluid from blister to confirm it is herpes zoster No treatment, but some medication is prescribed to ease the pain as the virus runs its course Some of these medications are, anti-viral medications to reduce pain and have a speedy recovery, anti-inflammation to ease pan and swelling, and narcotic medications to reduce pain Most cases last two to three weeks with or without treatment and rarely occur more than once in a person Virus is on one side of the body If the virus is on the upper part of the body, patient should seek immediate help if it is around eyes because it could cause visual damage. A fifth of patients that have had herpes zoster will continue to have pain after the virus has cleared up, this is called post-herpetic neuralgia Older patients are more likely to get post-herpetic neuralgia Patients with post-hepatic neuralgia usually become depressed because they are in so much pain. The family could have problems supporting their loved one because they are in pain and they don't have any control on their pain. The staff needs to be aware of where the blisters are on the patient. The staff should also examine the blisters with gloves on to avoid contact with the fluid of the blisters. References
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