Shingles pain can be debilitating for seniors. I experienced the effects of shingles several years ago, and it’s something I’d rather not repeat. I hope that sharing my personal experience will encourage you to get vaccinated or, if not, to recognize the symptoms of shingles early enough to benefit from … Read More
It’s annoying, uncomfortable, and just plain unpleasant. Itchy skin, or pruritus, is one of the ways our body tells us that something isn’t quite right, but how do we know what that “something” is? And what can we do about it? Here are 11 reasons why you might be suffering … Read More
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 … Read More
We’ve all suffered from an itchy scalp at some point. No matter the cause (e.g., dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, an allergic reaction, lice, or a fungus), itchy scalp can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing. Just thinking about scalp pruritus (the medical term for this common … Read More
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
Tai chi, which began as a noncompetitive martial art, was once considered in much of the U.S. to be a fringe form of exercise for older adults only. Today, it has moved closer to mainstream medicine practiced by people of all ages. In fact, tai chi benefits are being recognized … Read More
From head to toe, nerve damage can affect any part of the body. The condition is surprisingly prevalent—20 million people in the U.S. alone. Half of all people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage, according to the American Diabetes Association, and diabetic neuropathy is just one of more … Read More
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 … Read More
Chronic pain—a condition that exists when pain lasts three months or more—affects 25 to 30 percent of Americans. It is more common in older adults, men, and Caucasians. It is not life-threatening, but if not treated it can lead to permanent nerve damage.
Different Than Acute Pain
Acute pain might be caused … Read More