Many people over the age of 50 have had to suffer with the pain from shingles. According to the CDC, almost one out of every three people in the US will develop shingles. There are an estimated 1 million cases each year in this country.
Anyone who has had chickenpox could potentially develop shingles. Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, the virus stays in your system dormant. With shingles, the virus reoccurs years later. The risk of disease increases as a person ages, so most cases occur in folks over 60. Those whose immune systems do not work properly are also at greater risk of getting shingles.
Usually, people who get shingles only get it once in their lifetime although in rare cases, a person can have a second or third bout.
Shingles pain can last for months and sometimes years. Shingles pain treatment is important in order to maintain a regular lifestyle. Pain specialists will create a treatment plan designed to minimize your pain. Shingles can also be treated with antiviral drugs to lessen its impact.
At this time, the CDC does not have a recommendation for routine use of shingles vaccine in persons 50 through 59 years old. However, the vaccine is approved by the FDA for people in this age group.
Several antiviral medicines are available to treat shingles. These medicines will help shorten the length and severity of the illness. But to be effective, they must be started as soon as possible after the rash appears. People who have or think they might have shingles should contact Franklin Pain and Wellness Center.