By Jenna Gagnon
You’ve probably heard of shingles and you may know someone who has had the condition, but did you know that 1 in 3 people are affected? Yes, you heard right. Shingles impacts more than 1 million people in the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
What is Shingles?
Shingles is a common skin condition caused by the herpes zoster virus and characterized by a painful, persistent, and intensely itchy rash. Adults most commonly contract shingles, but anyone who has had the chicken pox virus is at risk.
Sign and Symptoms Include:
The condition is best known for producing an intense rash, but may also cause headache, swollen glands, fever or chills. And you thought hot flashes were bad! A typical shingles outbreak may last between 3-4 weeks. Even after symptoms fade, stabbing pain, numbness and sensitivity may affect the skin. This is known as post-herpetic neuralgia, and can be a lingering effect that lasts for months or years.
Prevention and Treatment
You can find ways to protect yourself. A shingles vaccine is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for people ages 50 and older. The CDC recommends Zostavax, a one-time vaccine that can significantly reduce the risk of shingles. Walgreens pharmacies and healthcare clinics nationwide offer shingles vaccinations daily, with no appointment necessary.
If you have shingles, keep the affected area covered to prevent spreading. Wash your hands often and avoid scratching infected areas.
There are natural treatments you can try at home for symptom relief. Take a lukewarm oatmeal bath, apply a cool compress, or try Terrasil Shingles Skincare Ointment, a non-prescription treatment from Aidance Scientific, also available at Walgreens. This all-natural ointment is a gentle, fast and cooling way to provide skin relief. Terrasil blends powerful, all-natural ingredients with patented Activated Minerals™ for superior results. Jojoba oil soothes and softens skin, as peppermint oil acts as a cooling and cleansing agent. Beeswax nourishes and moisturizes, while bentonite minerals absorb impurities that may harm the skin.
While over-the-counter products exist to help relieve intense pain, rash, and irritation, they will not cure you of the shingles virus. Once you have contracted it, it lives within the body and can flare up at any time.
Visit your medical professional for more information on the shingles virus and shingles outbreaks. Only a doctor can properly diagnose you with shingles, and offer professional advice.
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