Shingles is a reaction to the same virus as chickenpox. Several signs can indicate the disease, the most common being a rash. The condition could have major health consequences. What are the nine serious health problems caused by shingles?
Most people will find it painful during the time they have the rash.
For adults who are otherwise reasonably healthy, shingles is not life-threatening, although it can be quite uncomfortable.
But the main concern is that for some people the pain lasts and lasts even after the rash heals.
For this reason, shingles is considered a medical emergency.
The most common complication associated with shingles is postherpetic neuralgia (PHN).
PHN is long-term nerve pain that can occur in the area where your shingles rash started.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 10-18% of people experience PHN after an outbreak of shingles.
The older you are when your shingles appears, the higher your risk for long-term nerve pain.
If the virus is left untreated, you risk further shingles-related complications.
The main symptoms of shingles that are not shared with chickenpox include:
- Muscular weakness
- An itchy rash on one side of the body.