Shingles (Zoster) in Child


During their childhood, children can experience shingles, or zoster. It may cause discomfort, as well as irritation that will affect negatively on a child’s life. The article below will give further information regard of this matter.

Shingles Basics

Shingles, also known as zoster or herpes zoster is a skin rash brought about by a viral infection of the nerves under the skin. Shingles normally appears as a stripe of irritated skin and blisters. It can appear anywhere on the body, including the face or near the eyes. However, shingles appears the most frequently in the areas of one side of the chest, or one side of the back.

In many cases, zoster only shows mild symptoms. Nevertheless, it is also possible that severe and painful cases can take place. Fortunately, children and teens almost always have mild herpes zoster symptoms. The more serious and severe ones usually occur in older people.

Shingles is caused the by the same virus that brings about chickenpox, which means that this infection is highly contagious. As a consequence, it is very easy for a child to pass herpes zoster to someone who is not immune to chickenpox (who has never had chickenpox or has not received chickenpox vaccine). However, once a person has been infected by someone with shingles, he or she will develop chickenpox.


Chickenpox as well as shingles is caused by a virus named varicella zoster. This virus is somewhat related to the herpes virus that brings about genital herpes and cold sores, which explains why shingles is sometimes called herpes zoster.

Children who have experienced chickenpox are more likely to develop shingles if their immunity has been woken by infection or diseases such as HIV, AIDS, cancer, or by certain medicines.

What are the symptoms of herpes zoster?

According to each individual, the signs and symptoms of herpes zoster vary. Nevertheless, the most common symptoms include:

  • Skin hypersensitivity in the area in which the shingles occurs.
  • Mild rash that appears after 5 days. Initially, they are small red spots; however, eventually they will turn into blisters.
  • Yellow and dry blisters
  • Rashes that go away within 1 or 2 weeks.
  • Rashes that only appear on one side of the body such as the back or the chest.

What is the treatment for herpes zoster?

Medication can be prescribed to you to ease or alleviate some of the pains. However, the condition has to run its course. If you want to lessen some of the symptoms, then the usage of immediate treatment with antiviral drugs may help. Once the patients go to a doctor, the doctor will decide which kind of medication is appropriate for you due to your age as well as severity.

Despite the fact that teens and children normally experience mild symptoms caused by shingles or zoster, this infection should not be considered lightly. If your child shows any signs and symptoms of the infection, take him or her immediately to the hospital for further advice and treatment.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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