Shedding Light On Shingles

March 20, 2019

Did you ever have chickenpox? If so, you’re at riskfor getting a disease called shingles. After you’ve had chickenpox, the virus becomes inactive and hides in your body. Shingles is caused by the virus becoming active again, but its symptoms can be much more severe. As you get older, your risk for getting shingles grows. Shingles most commonly occurs in adults over 50, but it can appear at any age.


The first symptom of shingles is often burning or tingling pain, or itch, generally in a band-like distribution on one side of the body, i.e., around the waist, chest, stomach, or back. Shingles pain can be mild or intense. Some people have mostly itching; some feel severe pain from the gentlest touch, such as the weight of bed linens or clothing. A few people may have general symptoms of a viral infection, like fatigue, fever, and headache.