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shingles

Infections
June 18, 2018

Do you need a shingles vaccine?

Itchy, scabby skin, fluid-filled blisters, fatigue and a fever. Not fun, right? When you’re finally recovering from those painful symptoms of chickenpox, you feel a tremendous sense of relief. But what if the chickenpox virus comes back to visit? Chickenpox is caused by the varicella zoster virus.  When you recover from chickenpox, it may seem as if the virus is gone, but it just becomes dormant in your nerve tissues. Certain people can live their entire lives unaware of this, with no symptoms. However, if your immune system suffers a blow, the virus can be reactivated, and shingles will develop.…
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Skin
November 13, 2017

Painful blisters – is it sunburn or shingles?

It sounds so innocent, but people who’ve suffered from shingles say it can be incredibly painful. And with almost 90% of people at risk, be prepared if it ever comes your way! Shingles can easily be mistaken for sunburn. But it’s a lot more painful than that. Here's how you know if the rash could be shingles: How it is caused The condition is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, and it usually attacks people with weak immune systems from injury, stress, illness, certain medication or other reasons. Shingles usually appear in a band, a strip, or a small area on…
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Skin
October 31, 2016

Skin deep

Your latest pimple or blemish may have you running to the closest pharmacy for a facial scrub, but common skin conditions like moles could instead be a mirror into your health and immune system. (more…)
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Skin
January 28, 2015

What do you know about shingles?

Patients describe the pain of shingles as severe and excruciating, and as a burning sensation. Once it begins, the pain can significantly impact both your health and your quality of life. What causes shingles, and who gets it? (more…)
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