Initial symptoms of herpes zoster include a tingling, itching and burning pain or extreme sensitivity that is usually limited to one side of the body along with a light fever and malaise. These symptoms of herpes can very often be linked to other disease conditions as well. This is why symptoms of herpes zoster need to be examined and evaluated by a physician. Clinical presentations of hyperesthesia, paresthesia, etc. during the predronal stage (which is basically the early stage of the disease) of herpes zoster are often misdiagnosed as cardiac problems, pleurisy, herniated nucleus pulpossus, just to name a few. And this is what makes the issue so complex.
The early symptoms of herpes zoster in the human body include a burning pain (also referred to as the St. Antony’s Fire), itching, extreme sensitivity limited to one side of the body that lasts for about three days. After this the initial zoster rash appears on the skin. These are invariably accompanied by fever and an unforgiving headache that can contribute to extreme irritability.
Then comes the crucial time of blister formation that resembles the chickenpox rash you might remember as a child. The blisters persist for two to three very painful weeks, their contents varying in color from pale yellow to blood red. After the painful blisters have taken their toll, the crusts start forming, suggesting a respite from all the pain and the discomfort of the disease.
You’re not out of the woods yet. Things may still turn for the worse yet, in some cases where the pain continues for several weeks after the crusting of the zoster blisters. Such cases are referred to as Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN), and when this happens, the condition becomes complicated and it becomes difficult to manage.
The best you can do is consult your physician to obtain medications to help ease the pain during this period. Make yourself as comfortable as possible and ride it out.
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