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Shingles is an uncomfortable condition that causes a painful rash normally on the chest or tummy – but people with the infection may also experience other strange symptoms.

It usually appears as a single stripe of blisters that wraps around one side of the torso, and in some cases on the side of the face, neck, or around one eye.

But lesser-known symptoms include a buzzing in the ears, vertigo, sudden weakness, and double vision.

People with shingles may also experience confusion and a droopy face.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, not all symptoms of shingles came after a rash as “pain, itching, or tingling” may develop several days before the rash appears.

If you think you have the infection, the NHS recommend you call 111 as soon as possible.

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox.

After you’ve had chickenpox, the virus stays in your body for the rest of your life – years later the virus may reactivate as shingles, explains Mayo Clinic.

Stress, some medications, and certain health conditions can reactivate the virus and trigger symptoms of shingles.

In some cases, shingles can lead to serious health complications, such as long-term nerve pain, known as postherpetic neuralgia.

It can also lead to:

Pneumonia

Hearing problems

Brain inflammation

There is currently no cure for shingles, but studies have found that antiviral medications can clear up the symptoms and limit pain.

The NHS states that it can take two to four weeks for the rash to heal completely.

The health body notes: “You might need medicine to help speed up your recovery and avoid longer-lasting problems.”

How to prevent shingles
There is a shingles vaccine that over-70s can get on the NHS, which reduces the risk of shingles.

According to the NHS, the shingles vaccine is more accessible than the flu vaccine.

“You’ll only need to have the vaccination once and you can have it at any time of the year,” states the health body.

Foods with lots of lysine, an amino acid, is known to be effective to offset the growth of the zoster virus.

Lysine is found in lamb, turkey, beans, dairy products, raisins, figs and deep-sea fish and seafood.