College life for Caroline Radaj was fun but stressful. That was before she ended up with a painful case of shingles. Radaj said when a rash popped up on top of the pain, an internet search led her to the diagnosis. A campus doctor confirmed it, much to their surprise. While most people would be surprised that someone in college came down with a case of the shingles, researchers say shingle cases are up six fold across all age groups.
Shingles Is Steadily Rising for Young Adults, Why?
Aging Baby Boomers Push Sky High Incidence of Shingles of the Eye
Get the content you want anytime you want. Investigators from Emory University School of Medicine have detailed a rare case of herpes zoster, or shingles , resulting in encephalitis in a young woman vaccinated against the varicella zoster virus VZV with no history of chickenpox infection. The study extensively details the adaptive VZV-specific immune response to clinical herpes zoster in an immunocompetent young adult. Chickenpox and shingles are both caused by VZV, which can remain dormant in the body after chickenpox infection and reactivate years later to appear as shingles. Now a new study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases details the case of a year-old female college student who had received both doses of the chickenpox vaccine yet developed shingles resulting in encephalitis.
Aging baby boomers push sky high incidence of shingles of the eye
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is an infection of a nerve and the skin around it. It's caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox. It's estimated that around one in every four people will have at least one episode of shingles during their life. New blisters may appear for up to a week, but a few days after appearing they become yellowish in colour, flatten and dry out. You may have sharp stabbing pains from time to time, and the affected area of skin will usually be tender.
More Americans are being diagnosed with eye complications of shingles, but older adults can call the shots on whether they are protected from the painful rash that can cost them their eyesight. Among a group of 21 million adults, occurrences of herpes zoster ophthalmicus HZO , when shingles gets in the eyes, tripled during a year-period, according to Kellogg Eye Center research presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology annual meeting in Vancouver. Study author Nakul Shekhawat, M.