Herpes Zoster




INTRODUCTION

A painful condition related to unilateral inflammatory vesiculobullous eruption along a cranial or nervus spinalis and inflammation of dorsal root ganglion especially of the cervical and thoracic dermatome. The name of organism is varicella-zoster virus (VZV), that has remained dormant within dorsal root of ganglia.. it's usually a self-limited dermatomal rash with pain.


ETIOLOGY/CAUSATION

It is caused by VZV . and spread by droplet infection [ spitting ] or direct contact with lesion [ contamination ]



SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
  • Incubation period 7-21 days. Means, enter-grow-contamination-disease-recovery.
  • Much pain
  • Fever
  • General weakness or Malaise could also be there
  • It is distributed over the cutaneous segment of affected nerves usually over chest or trunk[ chest, back ]
  • Then after 3-4 days eruption patches with intervening clear areas appear, then vesicles [ fill with fluid ] forms..
  • Dry up in 5-6 days leaving small scars
  • The affected dermatomes [means, where the disease occurs on skin] could also be permanently anesthetic [means, no sensory feeling or sense]
  • It may cause blindness, if ophthalmic branch of trigeminal is involved.
  • Pain usually subside with fading vesicles but in old people persists for while , means post herpetic neuralgia


MANAGEMENT
  • Prevent itching with external use of Calendula powder
  • Goof nutrition and rest


HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT

Homeopathy can cure it in very easy and harmless way.
Main medicine is ARSENIC ALBA 30 and RHUS VEN 6 thrice daily together or as per severity, need physician's consultation
RANUNCULOUS BULBOSUS 6 and BELLADONNA 6 another good medicines, use in same manner

If there's NEURALGIA: KALMIA, MEZERIUM are good medicines.

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