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. Shingles, also commonly known as herpes zoster, causes painful rashes on the skin and unusual pain on one side of a patient’s body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 of 3 people in the United States will develop shingles in their lifetime. Not everyone predisposed to the virus will develop shingles. As much as children can suffer from the symptoms of this viral infection, older people and those with weak immune systems are at an increased risk of developing shingles. (more…)