Elder Care in Tequesta FL
Though far less common now and moving toward near-elimination with the development of highly effective vaccines, chickenpox used to be a childhood illness that was simply expected to happen. Most children developed the sickness, got through it, and even saw it as a rite of passage as they got older. For those who did not develop it when they were very young, the illness became something that they caught when they were older, in teenage or even young adult years. Once it happened, they felt confident that the misery was over because it is widely known that once you have chickenpox, you are not going to get it again.
While it is true that chickenpox is an illness that you have only once in your life, this does not mean that the effect of the virus is over. Instead, once you have chickenpox, your body is at risk of developing a condition known as shingles. The prevalence of chickenpox in children generations ago has made it so that the National Institute of Health estimates that 30 percent of adults over the age of 60 will develop this condition, and by the time that a senior reaches 80, that risk is 50 percent. This makes the awareness of shingles and the ability to identify it should it develop an important focus of your elder care journey.
As uncomfortable as chickenpox is, shingles is often described as being far worse. Caused by the same virus, herpes zoster, shingles causes pain that can be so serious it is debilitating. Fortunately treatments are available that can help to lessen your parent’s suffering. Early detection and proper diagnosis are key to making sure that your parent controls the shingles and gets through them with as few negative effects as possible.
Signs and symptoms of shingles that you should be aware of include:
- Pain in one area of the body
- Burning or tingling
- Red, blistery rash that develops in the area of the pain
- Sensitivity to touch
- Crusting much like with chickenpox
- Sensitivity to light
In most situations, shingles will develop on one side of the body. It is commonly found on the torso and may wrap around it. The rash can and does, however, develop on other areas of the body and may stretch to cover large portions of the body, including the face or neck. If the shingles rash develops near the eye, special immediate treatment is necessary to reduce the risk of serious eye damage and loss of vision. It is important to note that not all people will develop a rash. Instead, your elderly loved one may experience pain that seems to be coming from inside the body. This sometimes leads to the assumption that the senior is dealing with a lung, kidney, or even heart problem. If you or your parent’s elderly health care services provider notices that your loved one is dealing with unusual pain, make sure to note to the doctor whether she has had chickenpox in case shingles may be to blame.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Tequesta, FL, please contact the caring staff at Atlantic In-Home Care today. Call (772) 202-3006 for information.