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What Are The Effects Of Shingles In Seniors?

May 28, 2012

What Are The Effects Of Shingles In Seniors?


Shingles on the chest



If you are wondering "what are the effects of shingles?" , I can answer that  for you....Painful. I was in my early 60's when I got it. I have a pretty high threshold for pain but I was in a lot of pain.  I remember going to the Internet and ordering some kind of ointment that helped a little.  I also took pieces of cut paper bag, soaked them in vinegar and placed on the sores.  That seemed to help the most.  I was willing to do almost anything.

I went to the doctor, and he recommended I get a vaccination to prevent further complications.  This was 10 years ago but I know the cost was about $300.

As this article states below, "[S]hingles is a pretty uncomfortable" and I will add it's more that pretty uncomfortable.  It is very uncomfortable.



YOUR HEALTH: Shingles vaccine can reduce outbreaks, lingering pain

Richmond Times Dispatch

""Shingles is a pretty uncomfortable disease to have," said Judy Nelson, a registered nurse and health education coordinator at Senior Connections, The Capital Area on Aging. "It can last a long time in some people and be really painful for them and ..."

 See this video for additional explanation of shingles.


If you haven't had shingles, I would highly recommend gettting the vaccination.  I guess this doesn't stop it in every case, but it would be worth a try.  Why tempt fate, you don't need to feel the effects of shingles.

Additional Reading:

Shingles Symptoms


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