About Shingles

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What is Shingles?

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (the same virus that causes chickenpox).

If you’re one of the approximately 99% of adults over 50 years old who have had chickenpox, the virus that causes shingles is already inside your body. It can reactivate at any time, and your risk increases as your immune system naturally declines with age.

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Your RISK FOR SHINGLES INCREASES AS YOU AGE.
1 OUT OF 3 PEOPLE IN THE USWILL GET SHINGLES.

Generally, people only develop shingles once, although it is possible to get shingles more than once. Shingles may lead to long-term complications such as debilitating pain that lasts for months or even years. In rare cases, serious, long-term eye or hearing issues can occur.

WHO IS AT RISK OF GETTING SHINGLES?

No matter how healthy you feel, your immune system declines as you age, and that puts you at an increased risk for shingles—especially if you’re over 50 years old.

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SHINGLES SYMPTOMS

Shingles typically produces a painful rash that blisters and scabs over in 7 to 10 days; it will usually clear up within 2 to 4 weeks. Over 96% of people who get shingles experience acute pain, and many describe the pain as aching, burning, stabbing, or shock-like.

In addition, some people experience complications that can lead to long-term health problems.  The most common complication is postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), severe pain that can last for months or even years in the area of the healed rash. Other possible complications include scarring, complications with vision (if the rash appears around the eye), and partial weakness/paralysis of the areas served by affected nerves.

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RASH

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BLISTER

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EXTREME PAIN

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