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Shingles Essay

322 words - 2 pages

Shingles
A Communicable Disease
By Samantha Ruiz
HCS/457
May 24, 2012
Shingles
overview
Overview that will cover :
Define the disease
Symptoms and signs
What Causes shingles
What are the Risk
Complications with the disease
Drugs and treatments
Preventions
Symptoms
when to see the doctor
Causes
Are you Contagious?
When a person suffers with Shingles the virus can pass be on to another and to anyone who not immune to the chickenpox with direct contact with open sores of the shingle rash.. This disease can be a ...view middle of the document...


Complications
Treatments and Drugs
There are no cure for shingles but medications and treatments are given to reduce the infection and complications and/or the virus and accelerate up the recovery. These medications are
Valacyclovir (Valtrex)
Famciclovir( Famvir)
Acyclovir( Zovirax)
For pain physicians prescribe
Anticonvulsants (gabapentin)
Tricyclic antidepressants((amitriptyline),
numbing agents ( lidocaine),
medication with narcotics, such as codeine.
Preventions
Chickenpox vaccine- this vaccine is recommend for Adults who have never had
chickenpox. And it is a routine vaccination
for children to immunize against the disease.
Shingles (Varicella-zoster )vaccine-the FDA has approved the use the varicella-zoster vaccine given to the adults age 50 and older. Like the chickenpox vaccines it does not guaranteed you will not get the disease.
References:
Shingles, www.mayoclinic.com retrieved May 22, 2012
Shingles, (stoppler. M, MD.,, 2012) www.medicenenet.com retrieved May 22, 2012

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