Monday, 1 June 2015

Shingle bells.

Sounds lovely doesn't it? Nice little ring to its name you'd say.

A tiny little 'dry' patch of skin, which someone (that would be me) assumed was a small graze from a tumble Sophie had taken while playing. 

Off to school we go.

Ian picks Sophie up from school as I'm curled up in a ball suffering from a kidney infection and takes her to her swimming lesson.

I receive a phone call from the hubster to inform me of a weird rash Sophie has. 

Trying to get a description of a rash from a man is hard work.

'What kind of a rash is it?'

'It's a rash'

'Is it red, raised, all over her etc etc'

'It's a rash, you need to see it'

Was pretty much how the conversation went.

On their return I take a look at this rash and am a little puzzled as it looked like this..

There was a lovely little diagonal line of this rash from back to tummy. Luckily we managed to get an appointment at the doctors.

I joked that if I didn't know any better it looked a bit chicken pox-like and as soph had those a few years ago it couldn't be that. Could it be shingles? She's too young isn't she?

Doctor took one look and confirmed it was indeed shingles and handed us a prescription for 80 aciclovir tablets to be gobbled up over 5 days-fun times!

Knowing several people who have had shingles and had an excruciatingly painful time, we were prepared for a rough ride!

Pleased to say though, that Sophie has had no symptoms other than a bit of an itchy rash as the anti viral medicines were started in time. No fever and most importantly no pain.

I honestly didn't know shingles could happen in children but it is more common than you think!

And to clarify a few details about shingles:

-You cannot catch shingles.

-When you have chicken pox, a small amount of the virus lies dormant near a nerve in your body. That dormant virus can activate itself at any point and for reasons not fully understood. When it flares up it follows the position of the nerve it has settled near, which is why you usually see the rash follow a line.

-You can catch chicken pox if you come into physical contact with shingles blisters if you have never had chicken pox before.

-Like chicken pox, once the blisters dry up you are no longer infectious to anyone.

-If anti viral medication is started within the first 48 hours of shingles starting it can often lessen the symptoms & duration.

-Some people develop neuropathic pain with shingles along the nerve affected. This can last up to years in extreme cases.

-Shingles can affect anyone at any age if you have had chicken pox, and unlike chicken pox it can strike more than once!


1 comment:

  1. Hi Gemma, I was not aware a child could get shingles either, you learn something new every day. So pleased Sophie is ok and not suffered any of the nasty side effects that can happen. Maybee because of the prompt treatment she had she has done so well. Great to see you blogging again Gem xxx


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