WHAT IS SHINGLES?
Shingles is the common term for herpes zoster, a very painful disease that prefers to target people who are 50 years of age and above. It generally lasts between two and six weeks. People may get shingles only once, but it is also possible to have the disease two or more times.
From an initial itching sensation, followed by a blistering rash, the disease can become a nightmare because of the associated pain.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
The Philippine Society of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination recommend that adults 50 years old and above should routinely receive the zoster vaccine.
There is no cure for shingles but there are options to reduce complications of the disease.
The varicella-zoster virus remains dormant in persons who have had chickenpox. It is simply waiting to emerge as shingles.
NEWS & BREAKTHROUGHS
Shingles causes a blistering rash that manifests on one side of the body in a belt-like fashion. The rash is caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus, varicella zoster, which can lie dormant for years in the spinal nerve tissue of a person who has had chickenpox. Once the virus reawakens, it spreads along the nerve fibers that lead out into the skin, producing the telltale rash of shingles.
Know more about shingles and how to prevent it. Talk to your doctor today.
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