What is Shingles?

Shingles is a DNA virus called varicella-zoster, the same virus that causes chickenpox. In the US over one million cases are reported every year. After someone has chickenpox, the virus becomes dormant in nerve cells along the spine for months or even years after someone has chickenpoxs. When the virus is reactivated, it can cause very painful blister s that occur on one side of the body around the face and torso area.

Who gets shingles

People who have had chickenpoxs or the chickenpoxs vaccine you are at risk for shingles. The virus will usually reactivate in someone over 50, but in some cases children with a weak immune system from cancer, and HIV/AIDS can get shingles. Sometimes, when someone has person to person contact with someone who has the shingles blisters, they are at risk to then get chickenpoxs.

short term effects

2 or 3 days before the blisters appear, someone will experience pain, numbness, or tingling in the are a w here the rash will appear. If the rash rec eive treatment within the first three day s of the rash appearing, the chan ces of getting problems later in life like PHN. If the bli sters so without tre atment they can get infect ed. People have reported that the pain for t he blisters is so sever that it lea d to sleeplessness, depression, weight loss, poor eating, and interfere with everyday activities l ike eatin g, bathing, and dressing.

Long term effects

After the blisters and rash have healed some people may experience long term effects both mentally and physically. The w orst physical condition from shingles is post-herpetic neuralgia or PHN. PHN can cause heart failure, heart attack, type 2 diabetes, major depression, pain, and a low er quality of life. PHN happens in 10 to 15 people out of every 100 pe who had ingles.You ca n also get permit scarring or color change of of the skin wh e the rash w as. In some rare cases you can lose your hearing or develop a vision i ment if the s ingles is near the eye. When shingles occurs in the brain, it can cause serious complications with the face, nose, eyes, and brain.


media influences

MinuteClinic on Health: What to Know about the Shingles Vaccine
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It is true that not a lot of people get the shingles vaccine because a lot of people think that they do not need it. The facts are correct in this broadcast because they are trying to get the word out about the shingles vaccine.

where to go for help and information

  • Where: Mankato Clinic Dematology
  • 1400 Madison Avenue, Mankato, MN
  • Contact Number: 507-389-8538
  • Contact person at Mankato Clinic

- Benzmiller, James, M.D.

- Davis, Donald E., M.D.

- Davis, Catherine A., M.D.

-Kruse, Brenda J., PA-C

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