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8-Minute Update - Shingles - Fact & Fiction

8-Minute Update - Shingles - Fact & Fiction

Update: 2021-09-28
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Shingles - Fact & Fiction 

 What Is Shingles?

About a third of all Americans will get it in their lifetimes. That’s 1 million per year. Half of the people who reach age 85 will have had shingles at some point.

Myth: It’s Not Contagious

The open blisters of the rash can’t pass on shingles, but they can spread the chickenpox virus to someone who’s never had it. And that can lead to a later shingles outbreak.

Myth: It’s Gone in a Few Days

About 40% of people who get shingles feel a burning, shooting pain for months or years after the rash is gone. It’s called postherpetic neuralgia, or PHN.

Check out the details about shingles in this fast paced podcast. 

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8-Minute Update - Shingles - Fact & Fiction

8-Minute Update - Shingles - Fact & Fiction

Mark Burright