April 19, 2015 | Posted in:Uncategorized
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
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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