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  • Writer's pictureNikki Latham

Shingles - The Facts & Advice

In a survey last year, did you know that nearly half of the people surveyed think you can catch shingles from someone else? That's not all! Shockingly, 4 out of 10 people are unaware that shingles causes localized pain on the skin. Stay informed and protect yourself from these common misconceptions!

Understanding Shingles report, brought to you by GSK in 2022. This report featured invaluable perspectives from healthcare professionals, advocacy groups, and brave individuals who've battled this agonizing condition. Brace yourself for a knowledge explosion!

Shingles, the fiery rash that strikes a specific area of skin, is caused by the reawakening of the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). This sneaky virus lies dormant in our nervous system after infecting us in our younger years.

But here's the shocking truth: a staggering 36% of respondents had no clue that anyone who had chickenpox could be plagued by shingles later in life. Can you believe it? With a whopping 90% of adults having experienced chickenpox at some point, the risk of developing shingles is real.

Shingles affects 1 in 4 people in their lifetime, with higher risk for those aged 50 and above. Patients with weakened immune systems are also at higher risk, but only 57% of people are aware of this. Additionally, 33% do not know about serious complications like post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), which occurs in around 20% of cases and involves nerve pain lasting for 90 days or more.

Don't let ignorance be your downfall—get informed!

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