Shingles: 1 in 3 People Will Get Shingles in Their Lifetime
If you’ve had chickenpox, the Shingles virus is already inside you.
- The virus that causes chickenpox never leaves your body. Instead, it stays in your nervous system, and can re-emerge and cause the Shingles rash.
- It’s hard to tell when the Shingles rash will erupt.
- Unlike chickenpox, Shingles can be painful and can lead to long-term nerve pain.
Your risk for Shingles increases as you get older.
- Your immune system weakens as you age, making it easier for Shingles to break through your body’s defenses.
The Shingles rash can last up to 30 days.
- The Shingles rash is red and blistering.
- In many cases, it causes pain that has been described as sharp, shooting, and throbbing.
- The rash can also be unusually sensitive to the touch.
It’s hard to predict how severe Shingles will be. Talk to your health care provider about your risk for Shingles.
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