What Are Shingles
Shingles (also called herpes zoster) is a disease caused by a virus. This condition is accompanied by a skin rash and painful blisters. The rash is located within one area of the body.
The illness genesis is related to chickenpox – a disease that can be seen in children. Chickenpox will go away in relatively short time, but the virus will remain inside the body. Although it is inactive, it is still present in the organism. Sometimes it stays inactive or years.
This is the main reason why people are unaware of the fact that they have this virus. The absence of symptoms is to blame for the ignorance.
When the symptoms occur, it is still difficult to determine what the problem is, since there are many different symptoms of this illness. Also, there are other conditions with symptoms similar to these, which make additional confusion. So the only right thing to do is to see your doctor.
The virus can stay inactive for a few decades without any signs. The signs usually occur when the immune system is too weak and incapable to protect the body. So the virus is then activated and the symptoms occur in form of rash (that stands for most of the cases). This rash is rather annoying and one must be very careful if the crusts haven’t formed yet, because the fluid covering the skin blisters contain the virus so other people can be infected if it comes to direct contact.
People who are over fifty years old are at greater risk of getting Shingles because their immune system is no longer capable of fighting any virus as successfully as in younger people. Also, people who suffer from severe illnesses which weaken their immune system are at great risk so as those who consume drugs that can weaken the immune system.