People who have had chicken pox in childhood was still able to catch shingles in adulthood. Keeping the immune system is the key to preventing infection.
Chicken pox and shingles are caused by the same type of virus, Varicella zoster, but its different serotype. Both diseases that have similar clinical symptoms, preceded by fever and inflammation of the skin that appear characterized by the formation of bubbles filled with water.
According dr.Ari Fahrial, Sp.PD, an expert in internal medicine from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia, in contrast to chickenpox, herpes zoster attack only specific neural regions.
"That abnormalities or nodule-bintilnya only in certain body areas or just half of the body. While the chicken pox spread throughout the body," he explained.
In herpes zoster areas of the body most commonly affected include the chest area and arms, although other areas of the body can also be affected.
In addition to rashes on the skin, herpes zoster infection is also characterized by pain in the muscles and bones. The pain caused by nerve stimulation.
Unlike chickenpox, shingles is not very contagious. But the varicella zoster virus is contagious to people who have never had chicken pox. People who are infected will develop chickenpox, not shingles.
Provision of antiviral drugs will speed the healing. Meanwhile vitamin necessary to increase endurance and given an antibiotic ointment to prevent secondary infections of the skin.
Actually chicken pox or herpes zoster can be prevented by vaccination. But in Indonesia, it has not been common. According to Ari, vaccination is only given in the event of an outbreak. Because it's the best way to prevent infection is to maintain optimum body resistance.