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The Facts About the Shingles Vaccine

First introduced in 2006, the shingles vaccine aims to prevent shingles in adults over the age of 50. With an estimated 1 million new cases of shingles each year, the illness predominately occurs in older adults but can also develop in children. Shingles is caused by the herpes zoster - the same virus that causes the common childhood illness chicken pox. If you had chicken pox as a child, you are at risk of having shingles as an adult, because the virus remains dormant in your body throughout your life. And that is no small risk, either. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one in three adults will develop shingles in their lifetime.

What Is Shingles?

Shingles is a painful rash that typically occurs on one side of the body, similar to chicken pox. The difference is, shingles is much more painful than chicken pox, and though most cases only last about two weeks, there are cases known as postherpetic neuralgia (or PHN), which cause the pain from shingles to linger anywhere from months to years after the initial shingles outbreak!

The bad news about the shingles vaccine is that just like the chicken pox vaccine, it still may not be able to prevent shingles completely in every person. The good news, however, is that with the shingles vaccine, even if you get shingles, your symptoms will likely be less painful and will not last as long as they might had you not gotten the vaccine in the first place.

Shingles and Peripheral Neuropathy

Another major reason to get the shingles vaccine? Peripheral neuropathy. Believe it or not, PHN can cause peripheral neuropathy, in addition to:

• Extended shingles symptoms that exceed three months
• Excessive pain to the affected area, often so bad that even touching it with clothing is unbearable
• Itching
• Numbness

If you haven't had chicken pox, you don't need to worry about the shingles vaccine. If you have had chicken pox, speak to your doctor about whether you are good candidate for the vaccine. The shingles vaccine can help prevent years of unnecessary pain, and even peripheral neuropathy!

To speak to Dr. Weller about your peripheral neuropathy treatment, or to discuss the shingles vaccine, please call Restore Wellness Center at 480-751-1629.

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

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