Shingles????

I’m not writing about the shingles on your roof either. Millions of americans suffer with this. Shingles is an itchy, blistering rash caused by herpes zoster, the same viral infection that afflicts the nerve roots and causes chickenpox.

In fact, those who’ve had the chickenpox, can end up with shingles years later, usually after age 50. The infection can live dormant and become active again due to mounting age, lowered immunity. I’ve also heard stress can cause shingles also, no matter what age.

It starts with a rash. The rash at first mimmics psorisis in a way, then turns into little clear bumps with a red rash. Typically in the chest, back, buttocks, or neck. I’ve also seen it on the face and arms. The rash follows a nerve line, usually. It also usually clusters, but in some cases it trails along.

Tingling sensations can happen, it is the nerves. Some people get flu like symptoms. The parts of the body that have the rash get very sensitive to touch. This outbreak can also be very painful. Some people also get nausea, headache, fever, chills. Even eye issues, could mean eye pain, blurriness, light sensitivity, even pink eye. Muscle pain, extreme fatigue.

Just remember if you get any of these symptoms please go see your doctor right away. Some people get very little symptoms and some get a couple of them. There is also a medication you can take before getting shingles and you can also take it after, in hopes you don’t get the shingles.

Of course the lasting duration and how many symptoms is different with each person.

 

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