Shingles is caused by a reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox. If you had chickenpox early in life, you can’t get it again, but you can develop the irritation and rash known as shingles when under emotional stress. Location is Key The erupted shingles rash usually shows up on one side of your body, but you can also get it on your face. It’s important to note that, while shingles commonly erupt on the torso, you can get shingles anywhere on your body. If you develop shingles in the eye area, you could end up with corneal damage.
Shingles are caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. The virus is known as the Varicella Zoster virus. For people who have suffered from chickenpox during childhood, the virus lays dormant in their nerve tissue’s roots near the brain and spinal cord. In the future, it could reactivate and lead to a painful skin rash known as herpes zoster. However, not everyone who has suffered from chickenpox will develop herpes zoster. Experts approximate that 1 in every 3 people in North America develop herpes zoster in their lives. While this condition is more rampant in people above 50 years, it could happen to anyone. Herpes zoster is not a life-threatening disorder, but it can lead to excruciating pain. While vaccines may help reduce the risk of developing herpes zoster, early detection, and treatment shortens the infection and reduces the chances of developing complications.
Shingles are more commonly known as chickenpox in children and is a contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus. In the past, getting chickenpox was the standard part of childhood, but recent outbreaks have become a less common occurrence in almost all age groups since 1995 when they introduced the chickenpox vaccine. Babies can’t get the vaccine until they are almost 12 months old. However, chickenpox cases in babies under the age of 1 year decreased by 90% in the middle of 1995 and 2008. According to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, this happened because of herd immunity.
Shingles is a very atypical virus that usually affects many older adults and senior citizens who had chickenpox when they were children. It is far less common, almost unusual, for teenagers to have it unless their immune systems are compromised in some way. However, that does not mean that teens cannot get shingles. If your child had chickenpox when he or she was younger and now seems to have a nasty, painful rash with blisters, there is a good chance she has developed herpes zoster, another name for this viral infection. Here is what you need to know about the problem, identifying it, and treating it in your teenager. What It Looks Like Imagine several smaller chickenpox blisters clustered together, with several clusters at different spots on the body. Interestingly enough, this virus lays dormant in nerve tissue, so wherever the nerves extend outward from the spinal column is where these patches of blisters will be found. The patches will not itch, but they are very uncomfortable, produce a burning sensation, and may even be extremely painful when the blisters are rubbed to the point of popping. Older adults who develop this viral rash say it’s one of the most …