Shingles—officially known as herpes zoster—is an infection of a nerve and the area of skin supplied by the nerve. It is caused by the varicella zoster virus, a virus in the herpes family that also causes chickenpox. After a person has chickenpox, some virus particles remain inactive in the nerve
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Q: My friend was diagnosed with shingles at 40 years old. Isn’t shingles only a concern for people over 60?
A: Shingles, a painful rash that strikes people who recovered from chickenpox in childhood, can strike people at any age. The virus lies dormant in the nerve cells for many years
If you’re noticing a burning, tingling sensation across the skin of your torso, it’s possible you may have shingles. About one in three Americans develop shingles at some point in their lifetime; the condition hits people who have suffered chickenpox, and your shingles risk increases as you get older simply
As we get into the annual flu season (it runs from October to May), we no doubt will see advertisements for flu shots at every pharmacy we visit. But the flu shot is just one of several immunizations available to older adults, and even though we may associate routine vaccination
Almost one in three people in the United States will experience shingles pain during their lifetime. Most will get it once, but it’s possible to get it a second or third time.
Shingles pain includes a rash or blisters on the skin. It’s a virus—the same one that causes chickenpox. After
Gabapentin was originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993 to be used with other anti-seizure medications to control partial seizures in adults. It is classified as an anticonvulsant drug, although it appears to have analgesic properties as well. Gabapentin originally was sold under the brand name
Risk Factors for Stroke on the Rise
Researchers have found a significant increase in the percentage of people with stroke who have high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, and other risk factors for stroke. According to study author Fadar Oliver Otite, MD, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, an estimated 80
About one-third of Americans will develop shingles in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Getting immunized against this painful, blistering rash gives you some protection—and in October 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new vaccine (Shingrix®) that may be more effective
Imagine that you have been offered a promotion. You work for a company that manufactures one of the most complex, sophisticated products known to man. The product weighs about six pounds and covers 20 square feet. It has multiple functions, millions of moving parts, can easily be damaged, and has
Vaccine Protects Against Shingles Complications
The shingles vaccine offers significant protection against serious complications from this painful skin condition, suggest findings from a study published in the March 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases. The study drew on 2007-2014 data from about two million Medicare beneficiaries. When it came to preventing