Shingles: the disease that activates with stress and could cause blindness

There are millions of people who currently live with stress and anxiety. It is known that this causes an alteration in the biochemical processes of the body, which results in physical and emotional problems.

Yes, stress is part of our lives and we must learn to control it before it is chronic. But, Did you know that living constantly stressed activates a virus in your body?

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It's about shingles, also known as Herpes zoster. It is caused by the same chickenpox virus which, after having the disease during childhood, remains inactive in the body. For many years it does not cause any problems, until It activates and reappears like shingles.

It affects 1 in 3 people at some time in their life

According to the American Academy Of OphthalmologyShingles is a viral infection that causes a very painful rash and, in the long term, also causes neuropathic pain (in the nerves of the affected area). The rash accompanied by small blisters stays in the body for two weeks to a month and it is said that one in three people will suffer at some time in their life.

Shingles symptoms

  • Touch sensitivity
  • Pain, tingling, and itching two to three days before the rash occurs
  • Fever
  • Light sensitivity
  • Headache
  • Exhausted
  • Blister filled with liquid
  • Red spots on the skin

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Usually, shingles appears as an irritated strip on the side of the chest Or the back, but it can affect any part of the body, including the face and the area near the eyes. When it occurs, it produces pain, burning, a tingling and itching sensation.

We all run the risk of contracting this virus, but those with a weak immune system are more likely, as with patients with HIV and certain types of cancer, or with those who take immunosuppressive medications after an organ transplant, or carry a bad feeding and have a lot of stress, since this directly affects the immune system and can easily reactivate the virus.

What to do if you have shingles

In case you have it, we recommend that use neutral soap when bathing. Whoever has perfume could irritate the skin. In addition, it is good that you leave aerate the affected area For no reason apply creams or powders to dry the rash (except if your doctor has prescribed it), use comfortable clothes during the time you have the rash, try rest enough, do not smoke and avoid alcohol intake, since this will only make your symptoms worse.

Unfortunately, the virus can cause serious consequences. For example, if it spreads to the eyes, May cause retinal detachment and blindness. If it affects the ear, It causes deafness. In the head, it can cause encephalitis or a facial paralysisl.

A person who has shingles can not spread to another of the same condition, but chickenpox. It's funny, isn't it? So, if you've never had chickenpox, better stay away from someone who has shingles.

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