Did you have Chicken Pox when you were a child?
If you did, then you are at risk for experiences the debillitating and painful adult version, Shingles.
Shingles generally begins as a band on the left or right torso but can form anywhere on the body. It begins as a burning pain that may last for several days before a rash of blisters appear.
Symptom include but are not limited to:
1 in 3 Americans that had Chicken Pox will get Shingles. Shingles is caused by the Herpes Zoster virus (not a sexually transmitted disease).
Shingles if often characterizedb y a blistery and painful rash, but even without a rash, symptoms of burning pain can be experienced.
The rash of Shingles follows the nerve path that is affected by the virus causing a “ray-like” pattern. More than one nerve may be affected and the rash my be in more than one place. The rash begins as blisters that eventually burst and crust over. The rash can last for about a month from the first blister.
What does shingles look like?
Shingles is contagious in that it can be spread as the Chicken Pox to anyone that has not already had Chicken Pox or anyone that has not been vaccinated against Chicken Pox.
If the rash appears near/around the eyes seek immediate care as this can result in permanent vision loss.
Shingles can be prevented with a vaccine, if you or someone you love is over 50 and had chicken Pox as a child, ask your doctor about a vaccine.
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