About Shingles

What is Shingles?

Almost 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles, also known as zoster or herpes zoster, in their lifetime. Shingles can be caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV), which is the same virus that causes chickenpox.

Who Can Get Shingles?

Anyone who has recovered from chickenpox may develop shingles, even children. The risk of shingles increases with age and about half of all cases occur in men and women above the age of 60. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays dormant in the body. For reasons that are not fully known, the virus can reactivate years later, causing shingles.

How Does Shingles Affect the Body?

Shingles will affect your body in multiple ways. The main symptoms you should look for if you think you are experiencing shingles are:

  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Tingling in area where rash may develop
  • Rash will develop on side of face or body
  • Rash will form blisters
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Chills
  • Upset Stomach

If experiencing any of these symptoms, see your doctor immediately for emergency care.

Reference: http://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/symptoms.html

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