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Also known as Herpes Zoster, Shingles is a condition similar to chickenpox that can only be contracted by individuals who have previously had chickenpox. Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus which can lie dormant for many years before re-emerging as Shingles. Because Shingles is based on the same virus as chickenpox, many of the symptoms are similar, including itching, and painful rashes, and blisters.

Anyone who has had chickenpox as an adult or child can develop shingles without warning. Stress, age, injury, and immune disease may promote the development of shingles. While shingles cannot be transmitted between individuals, those with an active shingles infection can possibly transmit chickenpox to others. Immo-compromised or elderly people are at risk for more severe side effects from the shingles virus. Covering the infected area and reducing physical contact with others is the best way to prevent the spread of shingles.

The symptoms of Shingles include:

  • Pain, burning, numbness, or tingling
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • A red rash that begins a few days after the pain
  • Fluid-filled blisters that break open and crust over
  • Itching
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Fatigue

Source: 1. Mayo Clinic

If you have symptoms of Shingles and have previously had chickenpox, seek medical care immediately. If you have Shingles symptoms accompanied by a large and very painful rash, a rash near the eye, or those who are over 60 years of age, seek treatment urgently.
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