Unlike a lot of diseases that are commonly spoken about today, there isn’t any real mystery behind shingles and its cause; but for everyone’s sake, it’s best to start at the beginning.
Most people in their childhood are infected with chicken pox. So often, in fact, that it is seemingly an inherent part of childhood; a rite of passage some might say.
However, after you get the chickenpox once, it is incredibly rare that you will ever get it again, because your body, having already been exposed to it, is now immune. This sounds great and it is, because as children, our bodies are more equipped to handle chicken pox, and the symptoms are often much more severe and debilitating when we contract the virus as adults. Unfortunately, even if you contracted the disease as a child, you aren’t necessarily out of the woods. There might just be a ticking time bomb inside of you.
What I am referring to is what most of us think to be the harmless old chickenpox virus so many of us have inside of us. Normally dormant, the chickenpox virus can reactivate, and the result is shingles.
While most people who are familiar with shingles associate with an iconic irritating rash, many sufferers experience a wide variety of symptoms, many of which can be confused with other ailments. This is why it is so important to be conscious of what is going on with your body, if things start to add up, you know it is time to go see the doctor.
Here are the 10 warning signs of shingles:
One of the first symptoms of shingles is a sudden tingling feeling or numbness. At first, the feeling will come and go and is usually isolated to under the arms, around the breast plate and even on the face. It is important to note that shingles only affect one side of the body, or more specifically, one side of the spinal cord.