Shingles is a viral infection caused by the Varicella Zoster Virus, which attacks the nerve ending of the body, resulting in localized skin rash and irritation in the areas adjoining the infected nerve endings (read more about shingles in my previous post on what is shingles). The shingles’ virus spreads along one or more nerve segments and affects the corresponding dermatome. Back and abdomen happen to be the most common sites of Shingles rash.
Back or Trunk: This is the most common location for the Shingles rash and may affect only the side of the back or at times extend all the way up to the chest. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, these rashes occur in a narrow segment of skin starting from the spine and spread towards the front of the abdomen.
Abdomen: This is the second most common site of Shingles rash. Herpes zoster of abdomen usually begins in form of weak abdominal pain and nausea, which many times, makes it seem to be a case of appendicitis. However, the appearance of the tell tale rash is enough to confirm the condition as Shingles. Shingles of abdomen can at times get complicated with vital organs like liver and gall bladder getting infected.
Other parts of Body: Though, not as common, the Herpes virus can infect several other parts of the body, including face (where in the ears and/or eyes my get involved), genetalia, limbs etc. of these herpes of the genital organs is supposed to be most contagious; whereas, the infection of face involving either ears or eyes can lead to several complications including loss of eye sight, hearing, or vertigo.
For further information on various signs and symptoms of shingles do refer to my other blogs on the subject. Clinical Trials of existing and new treatments are underway for treating Shingles. Here are a few clinical trials for shingles that you may want to consider participating in. Clinical Trials may offer you the treatment and care at no cost.
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