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Debunking the More Common Myths About Shingles

You’d think that with millions and millions of people dealing with shingles over the last few decades we do have a firm grip on the realities of this medical condition, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Like so many other areas of the medical world, old belief systems in regards to shingles still shine through today – actually setting back the elimination, recovery, and curing process of getting over shingles a more than anything else. If you’re serious about making sure that your recovery stays on track (and that you stand the very best chance of curing yourself of shingles forever), you’re going to want to pay close attention to the information provided below.

We are going to debunk three of the most common myths still out there about shingles, hopefully opening your eyes to the realities of this very serious viral infection as well as giving you the foundational knowledge you need moving forward. Remember that there are number of prescriptions online specifically designed to help you cure shingles, but you need speak directly with a doctor (probably provide a prescription from an off-line Doctor) before you’ll be able to access them.

Myth number one – Shingles only affects the elderly

The first myth that we need to get out of the way right off the bat is the one that states that only the elderly have to worry about shingles in the first place.

While it’s certainly true that many of the instances of shingles happen in the elderly community (but not for the reasons that you may assume), the reality is that shingles can attack almost anyone at any stage of life – and can be devastating regardless of your previous health track record.

The reason that so many elderly people deal with shingles is because of their inability to fight off viral infections, mostly having to do with their depressed immune systems. Most elderly people have also conditioned their bodies to lessen the impact of prescription medicines (if for no other reason than the fact that they’ve been taking them for so long), which also works is a double edge sword when it comes time to treat the issue.

Just remember that anyone (literally anyone) can be diagnosed with a serious shingles infection – and there’s almost no way to prevent it other than staying away from anyone that is showing and displaying the visible symptoms in the first place.

Myth number two – Shingles are not contagious

This is a rather odd myth, especially considering the fact that shingles in of itself is just a minor variation of the exact same virus that causes chickenpox – widely regarded as one of the more contagious viral infections we’ve ever discovered. Also known as Herpes Zoster, shingles is almost like chickenpox on steroids – and should be treated as such.

While instances of shingles being passed on to someone else are rather low, the instances of people with shingles passing on chickenpox (to someone that has never had it before) are relatively high. So even while you may not be infecting another person with shingles, you certainly run the risk of infecting them with chickenpox if they haven’t already been exposed to (and have conquered) the viral infection in the past.

At the same time, coming into direct contact with shingle spots (the ones that are still moist and blister like) can in fact pass along the shingles virus. You’ll want to be just as careful as you possibly can when dealing with anyone who is living with shingles, making sure to avoid direct contact or using any of the articles of clothing, toiletries, or other items that they come in physical contact with on a daily basis.

Myth number three – Shingles is little more than a short-lived skin condition

While shingles manifests itself on the exterior of a person’s skin (very often on the face but also on the arms and legs), to assume that it is a skin condition would be one of the bigger mistakes you could make.

Specifically attacking the dorsal root nerve ganglia located deep below the epidermis, where talking about a viral infection that will push itself into all aspects of your bodily systems if allowed. While the rate of recorded cases are relatively low, there have certainly been a number of instances where people lost vision in their eyes, became deaf, and even had to contend with a number of neurological brain disorders because of a shingles infection – just proving further I that it’s critical you seek out proper help and assistance just as soon as humanly possible.

What can I do to cure shingles?

The first thing that you’re going to want to do is speak directly with a trained medical professional (someone that you trust) to get a proper diagnosis. Though there are a number of doctors that would be more than happy to assist you, the truth of the matter is you really need a hands-on touch here to know exactly what you’re dealing with.

From there, you’ll want to follow all of their advice to remove shingles and cure as soon as possible. The faster that you’re able to get your hands on prescriptions the better, but you’ll also want to use topical creams and salves at that have been preapproved to eliminate much of the itchiness and burning sensations.

Try to keep yourself as comfortable as possible, and follow any of the recommendations from your doctor (online or off) to make sure that your progressing with your recovery exactly as you should. Shingles can seem like it’s going to last forever and ever, but only rare cases go longer than five weeks and with proper treatment you should be up and running better than normal much sooner than that.

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