Author: admin | 10.10.2015

Sign up to stay informed with the latest womens health updates on MedicineNet delivered to your inbox FREE! Good news for people who suffer outbreaks of shingles, the food and drug administration has approved a vaccine that cuts the risk of the very painful and sometimes dangerous skin rash by fifty percent. Shingles, caused by a virus  known as Herpes Zoster, is a common and very uncomfortable condition.
The symptoms of shingles commonly last around two weeks though can in some cases last for a much longer duration, the primary symptom being discomfort which in many cases can be quite severe. Shingles themselves are not contagious from one individual to another, but there have been cases where an individual has caught the chickenpox virus from someone with an outbreak of shingles. The vaccine was approved by the FDA in 2006, and it was reported that during studies the vaccine prevented shingle outbreaks in nearly fifty percent of people sixty years of age and older.
People suffering from HIV, AIDS or any other disease that may affect the immune system, as well as people undergoing treatments for cancer or with history of cancer, or those suffering with active tuberculosis are not good candidates for the vaccine.
Anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk for an outbreak of shingles and an estimated twenty percent of people who’ve had chickenpox will at one point in their life experience an outbreak of shingles. Systemic CorticosteroidsUse is controversial and not routinely recommendedMay be associated with increased complications (e.g. These images are a random sampling from a Bing search on the term "Herpes Zoster." Click on the image (or right click) to open the source website in a new browser window.


Shingles is a disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus - the same virus that causes chickenpox. Early signs of shingles include burning or shooting pain and tingling or itching, usually on one side of the body or face. A common dermal and neurologic disorder caused by reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus that has remained dormant within dorsal root ganglia, often for decades, after the patient's initial exposure to the virus in the form of varicella (chickenpox). An acute infectious, usually self-limited, disease believed to represent activation of latent varicella-zoster virus (HERPESVIRUS 3, HUMAN) in those who have been rendered partially immune after a previous attack of CHICKENPOX. Typical grouped vesicles and pustules with erythema and edema of three contiguous thoracic dermatomes on the posterior chest wall. Once a person contract the chickenpox virus, the virus will lay dormant in the body and can resurface later in life in the form of shingles. Clinical studies also show that the vaccine can drastically reduce the pain commonly associated with outbreaks of shingles as well. Shingles does not typically affect people under the age of fifty and is much more common as the age increases. People who have had allergic reactions to gelatin or neomycin are also among those who shouldn’t receive the vaccine. In excess of one million people a year will suffer painful outbreaks of shingles and some of these poor people will suffer from multiple outbreaks each year, this one dose vaccine could conceivably cut that number in half.


It is characterized by severe neuralgic pain along the distribution of the affected nerve and crops of clustered vesicles over the area. It involves the SENSORY GANGLIA and their areas of innervation and is characterized by severe neuralgic pain along the distribution of the affected nerve and crops of clustered vesicles over the area. It generally affects adults over fifty years of age, who have either had a case of chicken pox, or have received the chicken pox vaccine. Studies show the vaccine will protect against shingles outbreaks for a period of five years, researchers are still studying the effects of the vaccine over a ten year period. People who suffer from shingles outbreaks are often in continual pain for periods of week, sometimes months. Although it is most common in people over age 50, anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk. The pain of shingles may last for weeks, months, or even years after the blisters have healed.



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