Essay On Shingles

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Shingles
What are shingles you might ask? Shingle are a reactivation of the chickenpox virus in the body, causing a painful rash. Herpes zoster is another name for the virus. Shingles was thought to be a fairly painless and harmless virus until the 1950s, when the medical community first recognized the severity of the symptoms of shingles. Anyone who ever had chickenpox many or may not develop shingles. It is not known what reactivates the virus.
After someone have the virus chickenpox they have a 1 in 3 change of getting shingles. Chickenpox is a highly contagious viral infection causing an itchy, blister-like rash on the skin. Is it also known as varicella. It is highly contagious to those who haven’t had the disease or been vaccinated against it. Chickenpox can be prevented by a vaccine. Treatment usually involves relieving symptoms although high-risk groups may
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Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body, it most often appears as a single stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or the right side of your torso. Shingles is not a life-threatening condition, but shingles can be very painful. The signs and symptoms of shingles usually affect only a small part on one side of your body. These signs and symptoms may include pain, burning, numbness or tingling, sensitivity to touch, a red rash that begins a few days after the pain, fluid-filled blisters that break open and crust over, and itching. Some symptoms that are rare but people do get include fever, headache, sensitivity to light, and fatigue. Pain is usually the first symptom of shingles. For some, it can be very intense and mild for others. Depending on where you develop the pain, it can sometimes be mistaken for a symptom of problems affecting the heart, lungs or kidneys. Some people experience shingles pain without ever developing the rash. Sometimes the shingles rash occurs around one eye or on one side of the neck or

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