Shingles in children is caused by the varicella zoster virus (the same one that causes chickenpox). Once you have had chickenpox the virus remains in the body. Unlike chickenpox shingles is not contagious.
Common symptoms of shingles in children
Red rash or brown in the form of a ring in the skull, the torso, groin or feet.
Contrary to what you may believe, this infection irritating and unpleasant is not caused by a worm but by a fungus. It is a disease communicable by contact with a person or pet who is infected with the fungus, or through the clothing, bed linens, or towels that are contaminated. It is not serious and can be cured with antibiotics.
Depending on the fungus, it will affect a part of the body. One type infects the skull back scaly skin. The body comes with a skin rash, round and scaly that expands outward while the inner part of the ring begins to heal. If shingles attacks the groin causes a itching red or brown in the crotch and genital area. Athlete's foot is another type of shingles infection that causes a rash on the feet.
What you can do to treat shingles in children:
Taking the child to the doctor if you identify the characteristic signs already described. Expected the infection to others and re-infection of your little one while keeping your hands clean, and pulling all the clothes and utensils used by him, since you can't kill the fungus with only washing it. If you suspect that your pet is infected, take her to the vet. Keep separate all the things of the children of the rest of the family.
What can do the doctor
Confirm that there is shingles to examine the child or to observe a sample of the rash under the microscope. Prescribe medication antifungal, either cream or pills.Read also: 10 tips for good eating habits in children