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HELIOS Clinic Krefeld

9.7/10 from 38 Votes

Founded in 2014, the HELIOS Clinic Krefeld is one of the most modern medical facilities in Germany today. A team of highly qualified specialists, innovative medical equipment and comfortable accommodation conditions – the clinic has everything to make the treatment run smoothly and efficiently.

Diagnosis of herpes zoster
1565
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Krefeld

Academic Hospital Schwabing Munich

8.5/10 from 7 Votes

The Schwabing Clinic is a modern medical facility with a high level of service. The clinic has high-tech modern equipment, making it one of the best hospitals not only in Germany but also in Europe. There are comfortable single and double rooms with shower and toilet, TV, telephone and radio.

Diagnosis of herpes zoster
1591
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
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University Hospital Cologne

9.8/10 from 82 Votes

The University Hospital Cologne is included in the Focus magazine rating of top German hospitals 2017 and offers patients first-class medical care meeting the latest medical advancements.

Diagnosis of herpes zoster
1480
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Cologne
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Academic Hospital Bogenhausen Munich

9.2/10 from 43 Votes

With more than 36,000 patients annually and 1,000 beds, the Academic Hospital Bogenhausen is one of the largest clinics in Munich.

Diagnosis of herpes zoster
1643
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich

Vivantes Neukölln Hospital Berlin

10/10 from 23 Votes

The Vivantes Neukölln Hospital is the maximum care hospital and one of the largest healthcare facilities in Berlin.   There are more than 20 specialized departments and centers, including pediatric departments. In total, the hospital has 1,200 beds.

Diagnosis of herpes zoster
2028
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Berlin

Vivantes Auguste-Viktoria Hospital Berlin

9.7/10 from 23 Votes

The Vivantes Auguste-Victoria Hospital, has special expertise and received international recognition in the field of Urology, especially in the treatment of prostate cancer and also Oncology, Neurology, Cardiology and other directions.

Diagnosis of herpes zoster
2103
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Berlin

Vivantes Am Urban Hospital Berlin

9.7/10 from 23 Votes

The Vivantes Am Urban Hospital is an academic clinic at the Charité University Hospital. Many departments of the hospital are recognized for their outstanding medical and patient care services.

Diagnosis of herpes zoster
2198
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Berlin

Hospital Gummersbach Oberberg

9.6/10 from 23 Votes

The Hospital Gummersbach Oberberg offers patients a wide range of medical services. It is staffed by highly qualified doctors and medical staff who take care of the patients' health 24 hours a day. The main task of the hospital is to provide medical treatment and care meeting all the patients’ needs.

Diagnosis of herpes zoster
1488
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Gummersbach

St. Anna Hospital Herne

9.5/10 from 7 Votes

The St. Anna Hospital Herne belongs to the St.  Elisabeth Group - Catholic clinics Rhine/Ruhr. The Hospital is equipped with modern high-tech equipment and offers innovative treatment techniques.

Diagnosis of herpes zoster
1585
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Herne
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Academic Hospital Hildesheim

9.5/10 from 23 Votes

The Academic Hospital Hildesheim is a specialized medical facility and an academic teaching hospital of the Hannover Medical School. The hospital offers high quality diagnostics and comprehensive, interdisciplinary medical care.

Diagnosis of herpes zoster
1586
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Hildesheim
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University Hospital Giessen UKGM

9.5/10 from 35 Votes

The University Hospital Giessen and Marburg (UKGM) offers medical care, modern diagnosis and comprehensive treatment at the modern international level. As a maximum care hospital, the UKGM covers the entire spectrum of modern medicine ranging from ophthalmology up to trauma surgery and dentistry.

Diagnosis of herpes zoster
1574
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Giessen
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University Hospital Bonn

9.2/10 from 150 Votes

The University Hospital Bonn was founded on 1st January 2001 as a public law institution. It was founded on the site of the former departments of the Medical University.  The University Hospital provides medical care, modern highly effective medicine and plays a part in the public health care.

Diagnosis of herpes zoster
2146
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Bonn
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University Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU)

9.2/10 from 40 Votes

The Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich is a center of high-end medicine, medical innovation and medical and technical progress, which enables an individual and safe patient care.

Diagnosis of herpes zoster
2185
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich
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University Hospital Tuebingen

9.2/10 from 55 Votes

The University Hospital Tubingen - abbreviation UHT - is a modern center of high-quality university medicine, research and teaching. As a clinic of maximum care, UHT is also known far beyond the region. For the city and the district of Tubingen the University Hospital Tubingen functions as a district hospital.

Diagnosis of herpes zoster
1580
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Tuebingen
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Academic Hospital Harlaching Munich

9.2/10 from 32 Votes

The Academic Hospital Harlaching is an emergency medical care facility offering top-class service. With about 700 beds, the hospital treats about 32,000 patients every year.

Diagnosis of herpes zoster
1578
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich

Charite University Hospital Berlin

9/10 from 95 Votes

Being the medical school for both Humboldt University and Free University of Berlin and having a long experience, the Charite Hospital has gained wide recognition. It is regarded as one of the most research-intensive medical facilities in Germany and the largest university medical center in Europe.

Diagnosis of herpes zoster
2557
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Berlin
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About the disease

Herpes zoster is a painful viral disease that manifests itself as a rash. It mostly develops in one part of the body, such as the neck, face or an arm, for example, and takes the form of a red stripe of small, closely scattered blisters. Before the stripe appears, a tingling or itching sensation will be felt a few days before the actual rash appears. This pre-rash symptom also occurs with chickenpox. This can be explained by the fact that herpes zoster and chickenpox are caused by the same highly contagious virus.

When a child suffers from chickenpox, the virus cells are deactivated once the child recovers. However, these cells lie dormant in the child’s body. In adulthood, these cells can be reactivated due to certain triggers, causing herpes zoster.

The most common trigger of herpes zoster is a weak immune system. People who have HIV/AIDS, receive immunosuppressants for the treatment of autoimmune diseases or suffer from a generally poor immune system, are most at risk of developing herpes zoster. Older people are also at risk, as they have a weaker immune system due to the changes that come with age. It is also believed that children who contract chickenpox before the age of 18 months are more prone to developing herpes zoster later in life.

Herpes zoster usually only lasts a few days. If it is localized on one small area of the skin, it is rarely dangerous. However, if it develops in the eye area, the rash may lead to vision problems, even blindness in some cases. Herpes zoster can also be dangerous if it develops on large areas of the skin. The good news is that people can get vaccinated against the zoster virus, even late in their adulthood, which greatly lessens the risks of developing it in the future. If someone develops herpes zoster after being vaccinated, the symptoms are much less severe.      

Symptoms

  • Itching and tingling sensation before rash appears
  • Red stripe of blisters
  • Pain in the affected area
  • Fever in some cases
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness

Diagnosis

  • During a general examination, the doctor will examine the patient’s skin to see if there is a rash. It is usually easy to identify a herpes zoster rash as it has a characteristic pattern: a red stripe of small blisters.
  • The doctor will also ask the patient if their skin was itchy or if they noticed a tingling sensation before the rash appeared.
  • The doctor will ask the patient if they ever had chickenpox as a child and, if so, how old they were. Information about any diseases of the immune system is also important.
  • A smear test and a blood test are sometimes required if there is a suspicion of another infection or if the doctor is unsure about the exact type of herpes zoster.  

Treatment

  • Conservative treatment, such as topical lotions and creams may be prescribed to soothe the rash and alleviate the pain. In most cases, herpes zoster will clear up after 2-3 days.
  • If the rash is not localized and lasts for longer than 2-3 days, the patient may be prescribed antiviral medications and corticosteroids to precipitate recovery and lessen the pain.



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