What is Shingles?

Many adults had chickenpox as children. They may not know however, that even when the itching and the spots go away, some virus remains in the body. Herpes Zoster (shingles) results from an “awakening” of the chickenpox virus.

Only people who have had chickenpox can get shingles. Over one million cases occur in the United States yearly, with the risk rising around age 50. Having a weak immune system increases the risk of disease.

Shingles is a painful rash of small blisters that become fluid filled and eventually scab over and heal. The rash usually forms on one side of the face or body. Before the rash appears, some people feel a tingling sensation, itching, or pain in the area. If the shingles infection involves the eye, blindness can occur. Even when the rash is gone, pain can persist for months or years.

Shingles Vaccination

The zoster vaccine significantly reduces the risk of getting shingles. The CDC recommends the vaccine for adults  60 years of age and older. Even people who have had shingles can receive the vaccine to help prevent future occurrences of the disease. Even if shingles do appear, the pain it causes is likely to be less severe and to go away more quickly if you have been vaccinated.  (Resources ACP and CDC)

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