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What Is Shingles?

Have you ever been infected with the chicken pox virus? If so, you should be aware of shingles. House Call Doctor explains. 

By
Sanaz Majd, MD
Episode #103

such as hepatitis, meningitis, and pneumonia.  If the rash involves the eye, it can cause problems with the vision or even blindness.

Pregnant women should never come into contact with someone with active shingles, as it can spread to the vulnerable fetus and cause complications.

How to Prevent Shingles Spread?

For those with active shingles, it would be super helpful if you cover up the rash so that no one else can come into direct contact with it.

The good news is that there is a vaccine to prevent shingles.  Although the vaccine is FDA approved for people aged 50 or more, it is often most recommended for those age 60 and up (the age range that shingles seems to affect the most), whether or not they remember having chicken pox in the past.

Once you do have shingles, however, your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication – the sooner you start taking it, the better your results.

Have you ever had shingles?  How did you deal with the pain? Share it with us on the House Call Doctor’s Facebook and Twitter pages! Or email me at housecalldoctor@quickanddirtytips.com.

Please note that all content here is strictly for informational purposes only.  This content does not substitute any medical advice, and does not replace any medical judgment or reasoning by your own personal health provider.  Please always seek a licensed physician in your area regarding all health related questions and issues.

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About the Author

Sanaz Majd, MD

Dr. Sanaz Majd is a board-certified Family Medicine physician who graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Her special interests are women's health and patient education. 

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