What is shingles, and why should I be concerned?

Shingles has been in the news a lot lately, but what exactly is shingles?  It’s a viral disease that’s characterized by a very painful rash with small to large blisters that burst and crust over.  These are usually localized on one side of the body, following along a nerve branch.  The nerve endings themselves are affected, and become inflamed.  This in turn causes intense pain in the area where the blisters appear.

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Doctors estimate that 1 in 3 people will have shingles in their lifetime.  If you’ve had chickenpox, you are already at risk of developing shingles.  That risk increases in people over the age of 50, or in people who have weakened immune systems.   There is no cure for Shingles, but with treatment it is possible to reduce or shorten the length of the outbreak. That’s where Shingle Ease comes in.  Shingle Ease works to ease the pain and dry the blisters of shingles.

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