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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Annual flu season is underway, so this month we’re looking at how best you can avoid the flu or, if you catch it, manage the symptoms (see our article, opposite).
You probably know that last year’s flu shot was not as effective as usual, primarily because one of the viruses in
Among the infinite number of conditions that could do harm to your skin are the 30+ discussed in this chapter. They range (alphabetically) from athlete’s foot to wrinkles.
Bacterial and fungal infections (including athlete’s foot) develop because feet spend a lot of time in the perfect breeding ground of warm,
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
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