Shingles – The Facts
If you have had Chickenpox, herpes virus remains dormant in your body.
In older age or times of stress or immunocompetence the virus can reactivate and present as shingles.
At London Vaccination Clinic we highly recommend a vaccination against Shingles in those ages 50 years and over. This vaccine can protect you for up to 5 years.
- Pain localized to one area ( or side) of the body
- Tender skin and a sensation of dull burning pain and a sharp stabbing pain that lasts for 2-3 days before the rash appears
- A rash starting as blotchy red bumps and developing into itchy blisters
- Headache and high fever
- Burning, tingling, itching, or numbness of the skin
- A general feeling of being unwell similar to flu like symptoms
- Severe headache
Symptoms of Ophthalmic Shingles include:
- A rash over your nose, forehead, and around the eye
- Vision problems
If shingles appear on the face there is a direct risk to your vision, you must be checked up over by a specialist eye doctor (ophthalmologist).
Shingles is present worldwide, but mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and South America.
- If you are over 50 years of age.
- Shingles can be very painful and uncomfortable.
- You may be infectious to others why have never been exposed to the virus. You should check with your airline before travel.
- If you are visiting friends and relatives who have not been exposed to this virus and are pregnant you may want to consider having the vaccine.
- You have other pre-existing medical conditions, that makes you immunocompromised.
- For occupational reasons.
- Around 20% of shingles cases develop into postherpetic neuralgia, which produces long term nerve pain at the site of the shingles rash. It is more common in the elderly
The vaccine is available on the NHS for certain age groups (between 70-80) the vaccine is licensed for use from the age of 50, younger people can have the vaccine off license following a risk assessment from our clinicians.
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Dr Elizabeth Tuckey
Dr Elizabeth Tuckey
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