What is Shingles

Shingles is a viral infection that usually causes a stripe of blisters that wraps around your torso. Although the rash can appear on any part of your body, it is most common to appear around the left or right side of your torso.

What Causes Shingles

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone who has had chickenpox may develop shingles. Sometimes the virus remains dormant within their nervous system for a long time before re-emerging as shingles.

Eventually, the virus may reactivate and travel along nerve pathways to your skin — producing shingles. But not everyone who’s had chickenpox will develop shingles

The exact cause of shingles remains unclear. It may be due to lower immunity as people age. Shingles can happen at any age and in people with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms of Shingles

Shingles isn’t usually life-threatening, but can cause pain. Pain is usually the first symptom of shingles. Sometimes it can be intense but usually lasts for a few weeks. Some people might mistake the pain for other problems, for example heart, lungs or kidney issues.

Most commonly, the shingles rash develops as a stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or right side of your torso. Sometimes the shingles rash occurs around one eye or on one side of the neck or face.

After having shingles, you might feel constant pain for a long time or until the blisters on your body heal. This is called postherpetic neuralgia and is one of the most common complications of shingles.

Preventing Shingles

People who are eligible for vaccinations can reduce the risk of getting shingles. Early treatment makes it less likely to have complications from shingles. Nobody can say that the shingles vaccine will protect you from ever getting this illness again. However, the odds of it happening may be reduced and you’re at a lesser risk of complications.

How Hydrogen Water can Help

The molecular Hydrogen in Hydrogen Water can help facilitate the healing of Shingles and assist in skin recovery. This is because Hydrogen can fight against the inflammatory free radicals in your body. Find out more about how Hydrogen can be the way to improve your health here.