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
Shingles is a skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox — and it can be just as painful and uncomfortable. Even worse, shingles often recurs. But you can be vaccinated to decrease your risk. Who is most at risk? Advanced age or a weakened immune system can make people more vulnerable to contracting shingles. … Read More
Dealing with a case of shingles is painful enough. But once the skin rash resolves, a chronic pain syndrome called post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) can sometimes develop. Studies suggest that roughly 30 to 60 percent of people over age 60 who get shingles — caused by the chickenpox virus, herpes zoster — go on to develop … Read More