Shingles on Lower Back!
What is Shingles on Lower Back?
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox—the varicella-zoster virus. It causes a painful blistering rash typically on one side of the body, usually on the torso and lower back. Symptoms usually last up to four weeks.
Symptoms of Shingles on Lower Back
Shingles on the lower back can cause the following symptoms:
- Pain: Shingles causes burning and shooting pains in the affected area.
- Itching: Shingles can cause severe itching.
- Rash: Shingles typically causes a rash with fluid-filled blisters.
- Fever: Fever and chills can occur with shingles.
- Headache: Some people may experience a headache and sensitivity to light with shingles.
Treatment of Shingles on Lower Back
Treatment of shingles on the lower back is geared towards managing symptoms and preventing complications. Typically, this includes:
- Antiviral medications: Prescription antiviral medications can be used to help ease symptoms and speed up healing.
- Pain medications: Over-the-counter or prescription pain medications can be used to help manage pain associated with shingles.
- Corticosteroids: Corticosteroids, such as prednisone, can be used to help reduce inflammation and swelling.
In some cases, surgery may be needed to repair tissue damage due to the rash. Additionally, some people may need additional treatments such as nerve blocks, physical therapy, and psychotherapy to help with the emotional distress that can be caused by shingles.
Prevention of Shingles on Lower Back
The best way to prevent shingles on the lower back is to get the vaccine. The shingles vaccine is recommended for people aged 50 and older. It is available at most pharmacies and doctors’ offices.