Dorothy, one of our audience, shared last week her experience in treating the widespread disseminated shingles on her husband. Her experience has reminded me to write more about this specific type of shingles so as to help people who are suffering the disease.
Below words come from Dorothy.
My husband has Widespread Disseminated Shingles. Why don’t Doctors know more about this condition. His Doctor had no idea of what he had. As soon as the Doctor at the hospital saw the rash he said Shingles. Widespread Shingles doesn’t look any thing like Typical Shingles. Disseminate means spread. At one nerve at the spine the rash spreads across the center line. Widespread shingles looks like Chickenpox. If this can save one person from the extreme itching It is worth my time. Dorothy wife of Charles.
Shingles normally occurs in a limited area that follows a dermatome. In individuals with damaged immune systems, shingles may be widespread (disseminated). The varicella-like rashes can appear on 20+ other parts of the body, they can either look like segmental grouped vesicles and pustules, or single or multiple pin-point vesicles.
People suffering shingles or disseminated shingles may both have pain, fatigue, itches, headache and fever, however, shingles fever occurs more on disseminated shingles patients.
Disseminated shingles is linked to damaged immune system. Studies and clinical cases have shown the link between disseminated shingles and certain health conditions including HIV infection and cancers. There're a portion of patients who had disseminated shingles and are not affected by HIV or tumors, the majority of them said they were very tired before symptoms of shingles come out.
Clinically, patients with disseminated shingles who age 50+ are advised to take cancer screening. Young patients with a severe primary rash, if there is no underlying disease, are advised to test HIV.
Some studies also mentioned that the duration of antiviral treatment is closely related to the postherpetic neuralgia one month later. Therefore, it is recommended that patients with disseminated shingles should be prolonged for antiviral treatment to reduce the risk of postherpetic neuralgia.