What's Going Around - December 7, 2010

By: Stacia Naquin Email
By: Stacia Naquin Email

There's a medical issue we want to focus on that's really a problem all year long… shingles. A lot of folks think it only happens in the older members of our population. But that's not the case. It can happen at any age. And if you've had chicken pox, you're at risk.

This information comes from doctor George Ulrich, with Colorado Springs Health Partners. He says the chicken pox virus, once you've had it, lays dormant until, at times, it reassembles and reappears as shingles.

You'll notice a vague sense of pain and burning. Then a rash can evolve, but it will stay on only one side of your body.

The best advice is to call your doctor, because if it is shingles and you use something around your house, like hydrocortisone - you can actually make it worse.

So see your doctor, because anti-viral meds can help.

And it's important to note... there is a vaccine for shingles. It's of particular importance for older adults. But again, anyone can get shingles. And it doesn't travel like a flu virus. Remember, if you've had the chicken pox, you're already a carrier. So it's important to recognize the symptoms.

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