Shingles CAN be internal.
More Info: Shingles is a painful, blistering skin rash, which can be spread to the eyes and even the internal organs of patients with severely compromised immune systems and can infect the lungs, nervous system, and even the brain.
Is Shingles Deadly?
Shingles is rarely deadly but can occur in cases of complications especially for those who have contracted shingles due to a compromised immune system. Immmunosuppressed patients may contract disseminated disease, which is a bacterial infection that can spread from the lungs to other parts of the body and can be fatal. Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is another complication of shingles, which is a severe, persistent nerve pain, has been known to cause suicidal tendencies.
How Is Shingles Treated?
Shingles is treated in a variety of manners depending on the symptoms. A doctor may prescribe one or several courses of treatments, which may include an anti-viral, an anti-inflammatory, an antihistamine, or a corticosteroid. There are a few home treatments that you can try to help to relieve some of the symptoms of shingles including soothing lotions such as calamine for the itching, a warm oatmeal bath, and plenty of rest.
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