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Side effects of shingles vaccine

side effects of shingles vaccine Medical world describes shingles as local skin disease virus causes. Our experts later discovered that the virus has at least two similarities with varicella zoster. It is an illness we know for its responsibility in causing chicken pox that turns every child life into a nightmare. Furthermore, varicella zoster is also a unique virus that will not completely leave your body once it has successfully infected it. It stays in your body, and when the ‘perfect time’ comes, it will come again in a new form as shingles, as we know it. This is why vaccine is needed.

In 2013, CDC reported at least one million cases of this disease and most of them come from elderly people. At this rate, it is normal when people get afraid of it even after the discovery of its cure.

 

When do you need vaccine for this skin disease?

Varicella zoster virus can attack anyone at any time, but the risk will double when you reached 59 or 60 years old. There is no valid medical proof that can tell us why this virus ‘choose’ people at this age, but the most logical reason will lead us to degeneration issue. In the medical world, it is a common thing for people at 59 or 60 years to suffer from degenerative disease. It is a condition when our body function and/or structure will increasingly deteriorate, due to various reasons from natural reasons, lifestyle, eating habits, or other causes. That is the reason people at this age become more vulnerable to this infection than other age segments which have better body function and structure than them.

It is the higher vulnerability than another age division that also leads to conclusion that people at this age segment needs the vaccine more than other people. However, even though some medical studies revealed that the cure can reduce the risk up to 50%, it is also essential to raise our awareness of its possible side effects. At present, several medical studies found out that there are at least two categories of this medication side effect you should worry: mild and severe side effects. Do not get loose with the name because their stupid name does not reflect the real threat they bring.

 

Mild Side Effects of this Vaccine

Among all cases US CDC has recorded, sore throat becomes the most common side effects shingle patients ever reported as well as breathing problems, fever, flu symptoms, and swollen glands. However, the list does not end there. There are also other cases when people reported less severe side effects than the previous five symptoms. Their reports include muscle pain, diarrhea, joint pain, headache, mild skin rashes, redness, warmth, itching, swelling and bruising on particular skin area where doctor injected the vaccine into their body. However, even though we have more than one possible side effects of the cure of this disease, the number is still minor if we compare to total people who ever took the treatment. Before it came to public usage, shingle vaccine has passed various medical tests which guarantee both its safety and efficacy. In any case when side effects take place, it is likely that the symptoms will stay this way.

 

Serious Side Effects

Under rare circumstances, serious side effects of shingles medication may take place, but the percentage will stay as low as under 20%. Among all serious side effects that people ever reported to their doctor, severe allergic reaction becomes the most common issue.

At present, we know two common causes of allergic: either your body cannot deal with a particular threat, or it has weak auto-immune system like people with anaphylaxis have. Most medical experts describe anaphylaxis as a severe allergic reaction, as a result, of mediator substance release from specific white blood cell. The objectives may vary among people, but the most common cause is either non-immunologic or immunologic mechanism that finally triggers the release of this mediator. There are various anaphylaxis symptoms medical world ever recorded, but there are some specific symptoms that only happen when someone suffers from side effects of this ‘magical’ liquid. These symptoms include face swell, warmer skin than normal, skin redness, dizziness, hives, breathing difficulties, irregular heartbeat, and slow pulse. You should understand the critical idea. It does not take all the symptoms for the side effects to work. So, even though you see only one or maybe two symptoms, it is a good idea immediately to ask for medical attention. The symptoms may threaten your life at any time that even the best doctor in this world does not know precisely.

 

When You Should Stay Away From the Vaccine

Even though most vaccines we have today have the same appearance as water, it is important to remember that none of them has water as their only ingredients. Yes, it is important to have water as the solvent media, but it does not mean that water can fix every problem we have, especially when it comes to bad micro-organisms such as viruses and bacteria. Vaccine is micro-organisms we have already weakened to improve our auto-immune system. In addition, there are perhaps some ‘additional’ parts doctors put into the bottle to increase its effectiveness. This is the precise location of the main problem. Some ingredients may trigger an allergic reaction for some people. Avoid using this cure if you have allergic symptoms to its ingredients, such as neomycin, gelatin, or other ingredients.

The same restriction also applies if you have weak immune system. Injecting the liquid into your body when you have weak auto-immune system will only weaken your body.

It is important to consult your doctor before taking any medical action because there are some drugs, such as steroid that require you to stay away from other drugs until the process is complete.

You should also put shingles vaccine at your black list if you suffer from cancer or if you are currently taking anti-cancer treatment such as chemotherapy. The liquid will only cause damage to your body, instead of bringing a solution to you.

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Shingles Pain Relief

shingles pain reliefAside from seeing the disgusting blisters, an affected person can also experience itching and pain. This is frustrating and you definitely don’t want this to happen so read this Shingles pain relief post and you will surely know what to do if you or your loved ones especially your grandparents were struck by this disease.

Where is Shingles coming from?

Shingles, or herpes zoster, is characterized by skin rashes with burning or shooting pain along a nerve or on a single area of the body. The rashes consist of pustules filled with infectious liquid, which slowly dry, flake and fall off. It occurs due to the reactivation of the varicella zoster virus, or chickenpox virus as it is commonly called, which lies dormant in the roots of nerves. Shingles is most common in adults over 60 years of age. Like other viral diseases, there is no proper cure for shingles and the available treatment is to cure the symptoms and reduce the duration and intensity of the rashes. This skin disease automatically clears up within three to five weeks from the first appearance of rashes. The disease is also contagious and care must be taken while coming in contact with infected individuals.

A tingling or burning pain may experience even before the first appearance of the blisters or rashes. Depending on which nerve is affected or involved in the reactivation of the virus, the pain can even be mistaken for headache, stomach pain or even angina (heart or chest pain). This pain continues throughout the duration of the disease and sometimes is so debilitating that the patients are unable to do any work or even rest comfortably.

What are the painkillers or common drugs to relieve pain?

Doctors generally prescribe antiviral drugs like acyclovir or valacyclovir within the first 1-3 days after the rash begins to develop. These antiviral medicines control the length of the episode, and also the degree of severity of blisters and pain.

In almost 15% of the individuals who develop shingles, the pain persists for weeks, months or even years after the rash has disappeared. This complication, known as postherpetic neuralgia, is due to damage to the associated nerve or nerve inflammation during shingles. A 7 to 10 day antiviral course also reduces the chances of complications like post-herpetic neuralgia, facial paralysis, blindness, etc.

To curb pain, patients can take commonly available OTC painkillers like ibuprofen or, in case of extreme pain, can even ask their physician to prescribe a stronger narcotic pain medication like morphine or oxycodone. Some doctors recommend local anaesthetics like Lidocaine, which are available as topical creams or slow-release patches.

Anaesthetics numb the affected area so that the patient does not experience pain for some time. Anaesthetic patches and creams can also be used to treat pain in cases of postherpetic neuralgia complications. In addition, steroid and non-steroid based anti-inflammatory medicines and antihistamine drugs can help soothe the rashes, reduce itching and pain.

Injections that can block pain nerve activity are also available on prescription and can be administered by doctors or qualified practitioners.

Nontraditional treatment includes the use of anti-depressants and anticonvulsant medicines to control pain. Both of these drug types depress nerve activity and, therefore, reduce nerve related pain, which is typical of shingles. All of these medicines allow the affected individual to be more comfortable by considerably lowering pain.

Since the pain associated with shingles is intense and almost unbearable, doctors recommend natural or homemade pain remedies in addition to traditional treatment to help ease the patients’ discomfort.

I just want an over-the-counter medicine as of this moment. What would you recommend?

The most widely used over-the-counter medication for shingles is the capsaicin extract. Capsaicin is extracted from pepper or chili and is very effective for relieving pain. Topical application of capsaicin causes nerves to release all the neurotransmitters that transmit pain signals to the brain and burn out the receptors. Initially, this causes pain to increase, but then the nerves become incapable of transmitting pain signals for a while and the individual cannot feel pain in that area. Capsaicin, pain patches, creams and powders are readily available at local chemist shops or drugstores.

If a patient decides to buy medicines later, what home remedies can he or she do?

Soaking the affected area in cool water or using a cool compress can provide relief from pain and itching for a short while. Some patients find that dipping their skin in hot water intermittently for 30 second periods or using ice packs for short durations numbs the skin from pain thus, giving them temporary comfort.

Washcloths soaked in apple cider can be applied to the blistered areas and are found to be effective in alleviating pain and burning.

Zinc powder mixed with aloe vera juice or vitamin E can be used topically to control pain. Vitamin E also prevents nerve damage and complications that may arise from shingles. Herbal oils, like peppermint, are also helpful in pain relief. Other unscented moisturizers or lotions also provide relief from itching.

Oral vitamin B12 supplements have been proven to reduce nerve related pain and are quite effective. Proteolytic enzymes are another effective treatment for shingles pain. Proteolytic enzymes, or protein digesting enzymes, occur naturally in the pancreas of animals (including humans) and also in many plants. Commonly used proteolytic enzymes are papain from papayas, bromelain from pineapples and trypsin or chymotrypsin from animal sources. These enzymes are available at pharmacies as tablets. These can prevent viral replication and therefore, reduce pain, inflammation and hasten healing.

How can patients make themselves heal faster and what are the preventive measures for this?

Some patients include more proteins, dairy and vegetables in their diet. Avoiding sugar is strongly advised so shingles will heal faster. Others opt for colloidal oatmeal baths to calm inflammation and help them relax. Vitamin supplements have been found to be beneficial and can aid in controlling shingles symptoms in many ways. However, once an individual contracts the disease, the infection will take at least three weeks to clear from the body and no treatment can eliminate it immediately. Pain medicines, itch relievers, natural remedies and other symptomatic treatments can only help make the period more bearable for the patient.

Wear cool and comfortable clothes so that the air supply to the blistered skin is not cut off, and keeping this area clean and dry not only allows you to become more comfortable but also prevents bacteria from infecting it.

Shingles vaccination, also known as Zostavax, might also be a solution. It has now been approved for individuals older than 60 years. While this vaccine is not 100% effective in preventing shingles, it reduces the chances of this disease’s occurrence by 50% and drastically decreases the intensity of its symptoms. Even some individuals who had Zostavax might still be struck by shingles, they will surely have less painful rashes and their blisters will also clear up quicker compared to those who didn’t get the vaccination.

Assuming that this post have satisfied your curiosity, you can now do your own shingles pain relief or have clues about what will the doctor advise or prescribe you. If you have complications or are allergic to other medicines, don’t hesitate to tell your doctor.

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