I woke up last Thursday with a feint rash (about 3x1 inches) on my stomach, it didn't seem to be much at the time and wasn't irritating me, I thought I had better get it looked at all the same, I tried to get a Doctors appointment but the earliest I could get was today (Monday) some four days later. A further rash has since appeared on my back and both rashes have become painful and far more prominent in the last 24 hours.
My GP today confirmed it to be Shingles - which is an infection of the nerve area and surrounding skin, I was prescribed a high dose of Aciclovir tablets (800mg 5 times a day) these tablets apparently are an Antiviral medicine and act on infected cells by stopping the virus growing.
All I know is the rashes are a constant annoyance and quite painful too, apparently the rashes 'should' last about 10 days before dying away, though a quick search on the internet reveals some horror stories with people being affected for different periods of time, some of which have lasted months! If the infection is transferred to the eyes then this can cause serious problems even leading to blindness apparently!.... I am wondering whether I should be walking around with a bell on my back shouting "unclean!"
Has anybody suffered from shingles on here I wonder? If so have you any advice you could pass on please?