Shingles facts, suggestions and information about Shingles prevention, treatment and symptom relief

Shingles is a painful condition, and a Shingles outbreak can occur to you at any time, if you've had chickenpox in the past. Learn more about this debilitating illness, what you can do to prevent a Shingles outbreak and treatments for easing the pain and discomfort of a Shingles outbreak.

Shingles Prevention

There is no "cure" for Shingles. If you have had chickenpox or received the chickenpox vaccine, you are at risk for having a Shingles outbreak. Shingles outbreaks are caused by residual amounts of the VZV chickenpox virus that were already dormant in your body and are now becoming active again, so you can't "catch" Shingles just by coming into contact with someone who has an active outbreak of Shingles. Fortunately Zostavax, a vaccine developed in 2006, can provide a degree of protection from Shingles. This vaccine can decrease the likelihood of having a Shingles outbreak by 50%, and can also reduce the pain severity and duration of Shingles symptoms in patients who come down with a Shingles outbreak.

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