Shingles symptoms & treatments: Billy Idol, Robin Williams & Anne Heche
Billy Idol, the hugely popular British rock musician has spoken about his bad experiences with Herpes Zoster, a disease also known as shingles. Shingles disease is usually followed by an outbreak of Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). Anne Heche is one of the few celebrities who have come out openly about being affected by Herpes. Robin Williams, the famous Hollywood comedian was sued by an ex-partner for allegedly infecting her with herpes in the 1980s.
There are a few clinical trials currently active to find new cures for Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) and Shingles, including:
- Medical Research Study for Shingles Pain (PHN) in New York
- Study for Investigational Treatment of Persistant Shingles Pain in St. Louis and New York
- Clinical Trial of XEN402 for Post Herpetic Neuralgia
Shingles is a painful, blistering skin rash as a result of the varicella-zoster virus which also causes chickenpox. The initial symptom is usually pain or burning followed by rash, red blisters. Shingles can disappear on its own or your doctor may prescribe treatments (antiviral drugs such as Acyclovir, Famciclovir, and Valacyclovir).
Anne Heche has talked about her herpes infection in her book Call Me Crazy. So if you’re suffering from Shingles or Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), please don’t shy away and consult your doctor right away!