Though many people have experienced the chicken pox virus at some point in their lives, they are still susceptible to the virus later on in life as it lays dormant in the spinal chord and brain. When the virus reactivates, it is known as shingles.

Shingles can cause a very irritating rash to emerge on one’s body. It can occur on any surface of your body, but typically occurs around either side of the torso. Though it can be quite painful on the surface of your skin, shingles is not normally an extremely serious problem. Though shingles cannot be cured, it can be treated by prescription medication. Rashes and blisters can last from 4-6 weeks, and some people are susceptible to developing it multiple times. Shingles can have serious side effects if it develops near the eyes, as this can lead to permanent eye damage. If this is the case, see your doctor immediately in order to take the precautionary measures required to treat it. People over the age of 70, or those with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of more serious effects of the virus.  

Always be aware of common health issues such as shingles. It is important to know about what infections are contagious or not. Shingles can be contagious to newborns, pregnant women and those with weak immune systems until the blisters scab over. If you are diagnosed, do your best to avoid contact with these people.

Keeping your family healthy requires understanding various common diseases and conditions. Peak wellness can only be achieved by spreading awareness!