Chicken Pox and Shingles Risk

Did you have chicken pox as a child?  Did your mother actually think it was a good idea for you to contract it?

Some of us came from an age when our mothers let us play with infected kids, so we could get some childhood diseases once and for all and be done with them.  Hard to believe now, but then it made sense.  Your mother would mark off the diseases one by one as you “got them out of the way.”  Hopefully you would be finished with them all by adolescence.

But chicken pox is linked to shingles.  If we had chicken pox as children, we still have the virus.  We could now be at risk for the shingles.

What exactly is the shingles?

Shingles are painful blisters which can appear just about anywhere on your body.  They are caused by the same virus which causes chicken pox; varicella-zoster. Many people have them around their waists or on their faces.

If you are over 60 or if you had chicken pox before age one, you are  in more danger of shingles.

You can also experience abdominal pain, fever and chills, headaches, joint pain and swollen glands.  If you experience the first symptoms, which generally are tingling and burning in the affected area, start your treatments quickly within 72 hours.  That’s because you need to begin before the blisters appear.

For prevention, there is a vaccine you can take after consultation with your doctor.  It is a herpes zoster vaccine and if you receive it, you can reduce complications from shingles.

Here is more helpful information

 

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