Shingles – Know your risk factors

Shingles – Know your risk factors

The Healthed team have put together this short quiz for members of the general public to identify their risks of contracting shingles.

It should take less than a minute to complete, and it can be used to have a better understanding of your health.

What is shingles?

Shingles is the reactivation of the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person gets chickenpox or is exposed to the varicella zoster virus, the virus stays asleep inside the body for life, usually not causing any problems or symptoms. Our immune systems naturally weaken over time as we age which may allow the usually inactive virus to reactivate, causing shingles. It typically produces a painful rash that often blisters, and scabs over in 10 to 15 days and clears up within 2 to 4 weeks. Shingles usually appears on one side of the body or face. 48–72 hours before the rash appears, people may experience pain, itching, tingling, or numbness in the area where the rash will develop.

Shingles can appear as herpes zoster ophthalmicus (HZO), a shingles rash involving the eye or the nose, and can lead to long-term consequences, including pain, scarring and loss of vision (in rare cases). HZO affects up to 20% of people who get shingles.3,4

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