Shingles or herpes zoster

Editor: | 14. January 2019

Characteristics of Shingles or herpes zoster: Shingles (herpes zoster) is an infectious disease which is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, a virus from the herpes virus group. Infection occurs in two stages. Primary infection is typical for childhood and is known as chickenpox. This disease occurs only once during a person’s lifetime. During the primary infection, the virus travels along the sensory nerve from the skin to the respective ganglion, where it remains in a latent phase. Replication (multiplication) of this virus is suppressed by cellular and humoral immunity. The second phase of shingles occurs upon failure of the immune system (in particular, of cellular immunity) which may cause reactivation of the virus.

The virus travels along the nerve to the skin, which is accompanied by an eruption of vesicles in a certain dermatome, and the development of shingles. Such a condition can occur as a result of old age, stress, trauma, cytostatic or immunosuppressive therapy, cancer, immune deficiency or after irradiation. Under normal circumstances, such reactivation occurs only once in a person’s lifetime. Recurrences of the herpes zoster virus are rare, but if they occur, they can suggest the possibility of cancer or AIDS. The typical localisation of shingles are areas along the intercostal nerves in the chest, and some parts of the face around the first branch of the trigeminal nerve.

The risk of complications with shingles is increased in people who have not had chickenpox and may have been infected with the varicella zoster virus for the first time, as well as in pregnant women, where contact with an individual suffering from shingles can endanger the foetus. The most serious complication of shingles (herpes zoster) is postherpetic neuralgia. Therapy should include antiviral drugs, anti-inflammatory ointments, vitamins and analgesics. Vaccines are successful in particular against severe courses of the disease.

Using magnetic therapy in shingles

Overall strengthening of immunity is an effective prevention of shingles. Biomag low-frequency pulsed magnetic therapy can be used as part of the treatment, as it reduces pain, accelerates healing and regeneration, and provides overall stimulation of the immune system.

Application of magnetic therapy in shingles

In shingles, magnetic therapy can be applied daily at analgesic frequencies of 4-6 Hz in the acute phase, and at stimulating frequencies of 50-81 Hz during the recovery period. Treatment should be applied to the painful areas at the site of the eruption, and via a flat applicator to the respective area of the spinal column.

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