Prognosis and Complication of Shingles

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Outlook (Prognosis)

Herpes zoster usually clears in 2 to 3 weeks and rarely recurs. Involvement of motor nerves (nerves that control movement) may cause temporary or permanent nerve palsy (weakness or paralysis). Neuralgia (continued nerve pain) may persist for years in 50% of those over 60 years old who have shingles, particularly if the trigeminal nerve was affected. Eye lesions may lead to permanent blindness and require emergency medical care.

Possible Complications

  • Post herpetic neuralgia (residual nerve pain)
  • Secondary bacterial skin infections
  • Recurrence (rare)
  • Generalized infection, visceral organ lesions, encephalitis or sepsis in immunosuppressed persons
  • Blindness (if lesions occur in the eye)
  • Deafness
  • Loss of taste
  • Facial paralysis

From http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000858.htm

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~ by pcl4 on August 21, 2008.

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