Overcoming Herpes Zoster That Has Broken?

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I have herpes zoster and now the nodules have turned black but some are still red, has it broken? but if it’s broken, I don’t know if it’s leaking fluid or not and do I still give salicyl powder or apply acylovir ointment? please explain, thank you

1 Answer:

Hi Arinka,

Thanks for the question. Herpes zoster is an infection caused by the varicell-zoster virus which is reactivated when a person has a weakened immune system. Patients with herpes zoster generally have had chickenpox/varicella before. When recovered, this virus does not disappear from the body but stays and becomes inactive in the body. When a person's immune system is compromised, this virus can reactivate and cause shingles. This infection causes the appearance of a skin rash in the form of blisters filled with fluid in certain areas of the body that feel sore and itchy. This skin elasticity will break by itself. When broken, this elastic skin will dry and form a kind of crust / dry skin on it. If you haven't found a crust on the skin, then you should still apply the medicine and powder recommended by the doctor.

Avoid breaking the resilience of the skin. If there is already a burst of blisters, keep the area clean and dry to avoid secondary bacterial infection. Do not forget to also undergo the treatment recommended by the doctor. Avoid contact with other people until the entire elastic skin breaks and dries.

Hope this information is useful.

Dr. Alloy

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