What You Need To Know About Shingles

Raised red bumps and blisters caused by shingles on skin(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)


Did you know that 1 in 3 people will develop shingles at some point during their lifetime? In the United States, there are an estimated 200,000 cases of shingles documented every year. While prevented by vaccination, it is important to know how to avoid the virus. Read this article to learn more about shingles and the dangers it presents.

Shingles: What Exactly Is It?

Shingles is a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that is the cause behind chicken pox.

While there was controversy in the past over whether having chicken pox led to contracting shingles, it has since been proven to be false.  While having chicken pox in the past will put you at risk, varicella-zoster virus can be spread to anyone, regardless of the circumstances.

Shingles is NOT the same virus as chicken pox. It is important to know the difference between the two. Doctors are unsure what triggers the onset of this virus. Those with compromised immune systems as well as those suffering from stress are at a higher risk of contracting the virus. Those whom are 35 or older are more at risk as well.

Keeping Your Eyes Open: The Symptoms

One thing about the shingles virus that is often overlooked is that it entails extreme pain in most people. Often, one of the earliest symptoms is nerve pain and sharp pains. This is due to the fact that shingles targets the nerve pathways throughout the body. It is also common to notice discoloration and blotchy patches on the skin.

The most common symptoms include:

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