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Treating shingles (herpes zoster) in the older person.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20852521     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Shingles is a common problem and will affect a fifth of the population at some time in their lives (Opstelten, 2005). It may occur at any age but the incidence and severity of the condition increases with age (Johnson et al, 2008). It is therefore likely that community nurses, in their day-to-day work with older people, will encounter the problem. If they are able to recognize it and arrange treatment in the earlier stages of its development, they will be in the position of helping to speed the resolution of the rash and reduce the debilitating consequences that may follow, in particular in the form of post-herpetic pain, which may affect the patient for weeks, months or even years after the active stage is over, visual complications following ophthalmic herpes zoster or zoster encephalitis that may be fatal. Apart from pain and future of the patient, the condition may require the disruptive and expensive option of hospital admission. The possibility of the introduction of a new vaccine, that would reduce the incidence of shingles, will also be discussed.
Jean Watkins
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of community nursing     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1462-4753     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Community Nurs     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-20     Completed Date:  2010-12-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9815827     Medline TA:  Br J Community Nurs     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  420, 422,424 passim     Citation Subset:  N    
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MeSH Terms
Age Distribution
Community Health Nursing / organization & administration*
Herpes Zoster / complications*,  diagnosis,  epidemiology,  therapy*
Herpes Zoster Vaccine
Infection Control / methods
Patient Admission
Skin Care / methods,  nursing
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Herpes Zoster Vaccine

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