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The problem of shingles explained

By Tim Sandle     Mar 3, 2014 in Health
Shingles is a painful viral infection that affects almost 1 million people worldwide. Outbreaks occur mostly in people older than 50 because the virus can lay dormant in the nerve tissue. A new health report explains the disease.
Shingles is caused by a virus called herpes zoster, which is the same virus that causes chicken pox. Shingles occurs when the virus that causes chickenpox starts up again in the body. After people get better from chickenpox, the virus "sleeps" (is dormant) in your nerve roots. In some people, it stays dormant forever. In others, the virus "wakes up" when disease, stress, or aging weakens the immune system.
Khalilah Babino, immediate care physician at Loyola University Health System explains the irritating disease in more detail: “If you are diagnosed with shingles, you are contagious as long as you have blisters and ulcers. Since it can be spread from person to person it is important to cover your rash and wash your hands frequently. It also is important to avoid people who have not received the chicken pox vaccine, pregnant women and anyone with a weak immune system.”
In a special report, Babino explains that:
a) There are some conditions which put people more at-risk:
Cancer
Autoimmune disorders
Chronic lung or kidney disease
History of chicken pox
b) A shingles outbreak can last several weeks. Even before the rash appears the following symptoms may occur:
Fatigue
Headache
Tingling
Itching
Burning Pain
In considering the rash, Babino warns: “"If you develop shingles on your face, especially near your eye, you should seek immediate medical care as this type may result in loss of vision.”
Most people with shingles do not suffer any complications. However, there is a chance of developing a painful condition after the rash has resolved and Babino recommends that people seek medical help.
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