Both chickenpox and shingles are caused by the virus varicella-zoster.

As most people know, someone who has had chickenpox cannot have it again.

It is impossible to completely get rid of the chickenpox virus once you have had it.

Many people do not get the proper treatment for shingles simply because they have no idea what the shingles virus is.

It will simply store itself in a dormant state in the spine. When a person’s immune system becomes weak or affected by the disease, the shingles virus can return.

Some people see this as a more serious condition than chickenpox because it can cause considerable pain and may even lead to serious complications.

The shingles virus will manifest itself in the form of red blisters on one side of the body.

Patients also often experience some pain before the outbreak of rashes.

The initial outbreak may seem a little mild which may make some people think that they only have insect bites or rashes due to an allergic reaction.

Others who think they have shingles also think that there is no need for great concern because the blisters heal by themselves after several weeks.

Early and aggressive shingles virus treatment is important because having shingles can result in complications like postherpetic neuralgia which is a chronic kind of pain.

Others may also suffer from eye and ear problems if they leave their shingles untreated.

Addressing the shingles virus at a later time may affect the speed of your recuperation.

This is because anti-viral medication for shingles works best within 2-3 days of the beginning of the shingles disease.

Many experts say that an individual can have only one shingles attack and that if it does recur, it will not recur repeatedly or frequently and not be as severe.

The shingles virus cannot be completely eliminated. It can only be managed or controlled.

Chickenpox and shingles virus can be prevented from attacking an individual through proper and timely vaccination.

Immunization usually begins before a child reaches 12 and booster shots can then be administered.

There is a new shingles vaccine now available for older people.

Although shingles usually occurs in the elderly, anyone with a weakened immune system and a history of chickenpox is also at risk of getting shingles.

A pregnant woman who has a weakened immune system may also possibly develop shingles.

Although chickenpox is more critical for pregnant women than shingles, the shingles virus might still cause deformities in an unborn child.

Shingles is a very serious condition. It is also extremely painful.

How do I know this? I have had shingles and I was miserable for 6 weeks.

Shingles can also cause blindness if it spreads to your eyes.

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