Is Shingles On the Rise?
One of those lesser known medical conditions that has a nasty habit of flaring up from time to time, the truth of the matter is that many medical professionals – and a whole host of doctors – believe that the rate of shingles incidents are on the rise.
Medical professionals all over the world agree that more and more folks are contending with the shingles virus today than ever before, and while they disagree as to why this is happening the cold hard truth of the matter is that if you had chickenpox as a child you need to be aware of the serious threat shingles may pose to you.
Hopefully the inside information about shingles provided below will give you the insight that you’ve been looking for to treat this serious condition – or even avoid it entirely. While not exactly life-threatening (though it can certainly seem that way at times), the truth of the matter is that shingles is a painful, fatiguing, and debilitating medical condition that can turn your life inside out in a hurry.
What is the shingles virus?
We’ve all had viruses from time to time throughout our lives, whether it was the flu virus that comes around almost every single year or the chickenpox virus when we were children.
However, what most people don’t understand (or truly appreciate) is that viruses are tremendously different than most medical conditions and diseases. While a lot of the major medical problems and issues that we have to deal with on a daily basis can be effectively cured straightaway thanks to our medical advances – advances that doctors are more than happy to speak about – viruses continue to fly under the radar because of their very nature.
Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus (known as the VZV), almost the exact same virus responsible for chickenpox – but one that has been “beefed up on steroids”. VZV can cause some very serious medical conditions all throughout your body, and because of its viral nature cannot be cured what can only be managed.
Who is at risk for getting shingles?
There are a number of people that are at serious risk of having to deal with shingles, but certain segments of the population are at more risk than others.
First would have to be those that have already had to deal with chickenpox at one point or another in their life, as the VZV virus is the root cause of that condition as well. In fact, chickenpox is a lesser strain of shingles – with shingles being the second round of chickenpox, if you will. Because of the viral nature, this makes shingles an even more dangerous medical condition at an chickenpox could ever imagine being – mostly because it’s already been strengthened by the approaches taken to eliminate the VZV virus when you were treating your chickenpox in the first place.
Secondly, people with medical conditions that reduce the effectiveness of the immune system also are at high risk of dealing with shingles. These include folks dealing with cancer in all of its forms, leukemia, HIV, and lymphoma as well as a whole host of other serious medical conditions and diseases. Anything that cripples your body’s ability to fight off infections, challenge viruses, and be diseases will leave you more susceptible to shingles in the first place, further compounding the underlying issues that you’ve been dealing with already.
How does shingles get passed from person to person?
This is another common trait that shingles has with chickenpox, in that it can be passed along through simple human contact. The early stages of shingles is highly contagious, but once the mutation has really “taken hold” in your body you won’t have to worry about passing it along to someone else. Most doctors recommend that you keep yourself in some sort of seclusion for at least a week (if not even longer), with online doctors recommending that you call your trusted medical professional before you just show up at their office. This will allow them to “virus proof” their office, helping to make sure that you’re not able to further infect patients with shingles just by stopping in.
Like chickenpox (again) the best way to treat shingles is to actually prevented from happening in the first place. There are a number of specific vaccinations that you can tap into as an adult, though most doctors (as well as off-line doctors) would agree that children probably get the most benefit from these vaccinations.
Obviously, if you’re already dealing with shingles a preventative vaccination won’t do much. But don’t worry, there are a number of effective solutions that you can tap into here as well.
Most of the prescriptions available come in to step form, one that acts as an internal agent or supplement and one that works as a topical solution so that you are getting a true “double whammy” when looking to eliminate this virus and mitigate its effects. The internal agent will work to fight the virus wherever it’s found in your body, whether topical agent will work to sooth the impact of shingles (those dry, itchy, blisters can become more than a little bit uncomfortable) while at the same time attacking shingles from the outside in.
Your trusted medical professional will be able to give you the insight necessary for which type of solution is best for you – and they should be contacted Justice soon as humanly possible.
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