Chicken Pox, Shingles, what next?

If you have had chicken pox then you are a prime candidate for shingles.

The same virus that causes chicken pox (varicella zoster) often comes back later in life when your immune system is weaker, in the form of a painful, blistery rash known as shingles. There has recently been a rise of shingles in adults in their 20s and 30s. This can happen when their immune system is compromised due to stress.

You can’t “catch” shingles from another person, but if you have never been vaccinated against chicken pox, you can catch it from a person’s rash.

The rash is unpleasant, painful, potentially scarring, but not life threatening. If you suspect shingles you should visit your primary care provider for diagnosis and medication.

Minimize stress to reduce your risk of developing shingles, and as an overall health benefit.

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