Do You Know the Truth About Shingles? (Infographic)

The nerve! The same virus that causes itchy, childhood chickenpox can return as an agonizing, nerve-blitzing skin rash in adults. Unwelcome and unpredictable, shingles attacks one in three people. “The longer you live, the higher your risk,” says Robert Bolash, MD, a pain specialist at Cleveland Clinic. But knowledge is power. Learn the truth about … Read More

Study Finds Getting Shingles Vaccine May Be ‘Heart-Smart’

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

Treating Pain When Shingles Lingers

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