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Shingles -- Are you at Risk?
Shingles is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV). This is the same virus that caused chickenpox, that unpleasant disease so many of us had as children. Usually the virus does not cause any further problems; however the risk of developing shingles increased with age. This infection appears as the painful, tingling, burning skin rash known as shingles.
SHOULD YOU BE CONCERNED?
DOES HAVING LYMPHEDEMA INCREASE YOUR RISK OF DEVELOPING SHINGLES?
It is difficult to tell if lymphedema increases your risk; however, remember that healthy adults who do not have the risk factors that you have, also develop this condition. Better safe than sorry. Explore the risks and be informed.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO TO PREVENT SHINGLES
The vaccine "Zostavax" is available to prevent shingles. Ask your physician if you should be vaccinated against this disease. This vaccine is not for everyone and you should investigate the "pros and cons" before agreeing to being vacinated.
IF SYMPTOMS DEVELOP -- SEEK TREATMENT IMMEDIATELY!
© LymphNotes 2015. This information does not replace the advice of a qualified health care professional.
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