Debunk the top seven myths about shingles, a painful skin rash that attacks one in three people.
Chicken pox once was considered a childhood rite of passage, yet few of us expect to experience a second eruption of the same virus. But this itchy and painful condition, known as shingles, strikes one in three adults during their lifetime. Its hallmark is a rash that appears as a band or a patch of … Read More
Now, there’s another reason to get a shingles vaccine. New research finds that by lowering your risk for shingles, you also lower your risk for heart attack and mini-stroke. To arrive at this finding, researchers at University College London scoured existing patient medical records looking for patterns between shingles and cardiovascular disease. After factoring in … Read More
Shingles is painful enough. But to add insult to injury, sometimes a chronic pain syndrome develops after shingles resolves. Shingles is a skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus, herpes zoster. Studies suggest that roughly 30 to 60 percent of people over age 60 who get shingles may go on to develop post-herpetic neuralgia, or … Read More