The skin blisters can be extremely painful. Treatment is available to help the blisters heal, but there is no cure of the underlying infection, which stays dormant in the body and can reactivate. Zoster can lead to painful nerve inflammation that persists after the skin rash has healed. Early treatment can help reduce the likelihood of long term nerve pain. Antibiotic ointments can help keep the infection from becoming super-infected. The skin rash should be kept covered until healed to prevent spreading the infection to those in close contact.
The Daffodil Centre is an extension of the Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Cancer Information Service’. This free service offers confidential advice, information, and support to anyone worried about any aspect of cancer through a number of mediums. The Irish Cancer Society has been establishing Daffodil Centres where cancer care is delivered, as there is a body of international evidence showing that having access to the type of support that a Daffodil Centre provides can contribute positively to patients and their families throughout their cancer journey.
Clinicians should be aware that in certain unusual circumstances, either the absolute CD4+ count or the CD4+ percentage may not be an accurate reflection of susceptibility to PCP. For example, after splenectomy, HIV-infected patients may be susceptible despite normal CD4+ counts. Conversely, some laboratory reagents may not detect CD4+ markers on the T-helper cells of all persons (11), so that such persons may speciously appear to be in the susceptible range. In situations in which this phenomenon is suspected (., when the sum of the number of CD4+ cells and CD8+ cells does not approximately equal the number of CD3+ cells), the lymphocyte sample should be retested with other CD4+ reagents.