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Everyday Health’s free newsletter recently offered some excellent advice for anyone 50 years of age or older.
If you had chickenpox as a child, then you’re at risk of developing shingles as an adult – an often traumatic condition that catches most sufferers by surprise. However, you can go a long way toward preventing shingles by making sure your vaccines are up to date.
Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, which remains dormant in the body of anyone previously infected with the disease only to flare up again later in life. Shingles typically manifests as a very painful, blistering red rash that can last more than a month. The blisters take weeks to fully heal and often lead to scarring. Some sufferers also report headaches, sensitivity to light and itching.
Fortunately, there is wide variety of treatments available to help ease the pain of those with shingles. These include anti-viral medicines, painkillers, and treatments to prevent infection in open sores.
Conventional western medicine is encouraging all adults over 50 or 60 depending on what you read who caught had chickenpox as a child to get vaccinated for shingles as Everyday Health recommends in the link below. However we all know there are conflicting reports and as such one has to do their own homework and decide what is best for them. There could be side effects such as eye damage as Merck admits in one of the links below and as Dr. Mercola points out in another link, there may be other reasons to consider before throwing your arm to the mercy of the needle.
Learn more about shingles, including additional symptoms and treatments, at Everyday Health