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How To Prevent Shingles?

Few people who have had a bout of shingles ever forget the blisters’ pain and rash that erupt, like so much wildfire, along the nerves under their skin. This pain lasts not minutes or hours but days and sometimes weeks. Even more ghastly, some patients continue to suffer from a complication called postherpetic neuralgia, whose pain lingers for months or even years. Certainly, the best way to avoid the disorder is to prevent it first, but this is tricky. It is largely because of the unique properties of the disorder.

Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a complication of chickenpox, which is caused by the same virus, the varicella-zoster. Indeed, a 65 year old person may be shocked to discover that their excruciating rash is a callback to the itchy but benign chickenpox they caught when they were eight. (more…)

Shingles: Symptoms, Treatment and Medication

Shingles is a viral infection that affects a nerve and the surrounding skin, caused by reactivation of varicella-zoster, the chickenpox virus. After varicella zoster causes chickenpox, mostly in childhood, it remains dormant in the body for life. The reactivation of the dormant virus is what causes shingles. Therefore, anybody who had chickenpox in their childhood has this virus hidden in their nerves. (more…)

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Can Shingles Be Fatal?

Most of us have heard about the medical condition, shingles, that causes great pain and suffering for many people later in life. The virus is linked to the contraction of chickenpox earlier in life following the varicella-zoster virus lying dormant in your body for several years before becoming active once more. The risk of the virus being fatal is low, but there is a small risk if the case of the varicella-zoster virus is severe and left untreated for a prolonged period. (more…)

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What Happens If A Baby Is Exposed To Shingles?

Shingles, (herpes zoster) is an infection usually associated with people over fifty. When someone gets chickenpox, typically younger people, the disease takes about three to five weeks to heal, but the virus survives in the cells.

Later in life, often many years later, the dormant chickenpox virus reactivates and strikes again. Only this time, it is not chickenpox but shingles. The major problem is a painful and itching rash. Use a good shingles cream to ease the symptoms. (more…)