April 19, 2015 | Posted in:Uncategorized

shinglesShingles is a viral infection caused by varicella zoster, which is also known

to cause chickenpox. After experiencing chickenpox, the virus remains

inactive in the nerve tissues near the spinal cord in brain and only “wakes

up” when triggered by a weak immune system caused by disease, stress or

aging. Shingles appears as a painful rash and can occur anywhere on your

body but typically appears as a single strip of blisters on the side of your

torso. The infection may be passed on to individuals who have not yet

contracted chickenpox.


The first sign of shingles is usually a burning and tingling pain accompanied

by numbness and itch on one side of the body. Once you have experienced

chickenpox, you are already at risk of getting shingles due to the dormant

virus inside your body.


Shingles is not a life threatening infection but causes severe discomfort and

pain. It can be avoided through the shingles vaccine, Zostovax. This

vaccine helps stimulate the immune system to battle diseases caused by

the varicella zoster virus. Studies show that taking the vaccine may reduce

risk of shingles by 50%.


If by any chance shingles is still contracted despite

the vaccine, it has been found that the vaccine helps shorten periods of

nerve pain (post- herpetic neuralgia) which occurs even long after the

shingles have subsided. Although it is not required, the chickenpox and

shingles vaccine is recommended to lessen the chances of contracting

either viral infection.


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