If you’re around age 50 and have had chicken pox in your lifetime, you may want to listen closely.
A new vaccine is available to prevent an extremely painful skin condition that you’re probably susceptible to, and Emily Medalen tells us why doctors are recommending it, even if you’ve been previously vaccinated.
It’s a skin condition that results from the same virus that causes chicken pox – and two thirds of us will have had it by the time we turn 70.
The red painful blister lasts up to 2 or 3 weeks – but for 15% of people, it doesn’t stop there.
PHN comes after Shingles – it can last months or years and has no treatment or cure.
With this, your blistery rash goes away, but deep-set nerve pain does not.
Shingrix is the new vaccine that’s 90% effective… I spoke with an infectious disease consultant who says it’s worth getting.
“They are really quite miserable. We’re talking about a rash developing, becoming more painful, peaking, anywhere from 1 to two weeks after the start. Then it will be another 2 or 3 weeks afterwards to clear up. So you could be in some trouble – suffering – basically for a month or so,” says Dr. Noe Mateo, Infectious Disease Consultant, Sanford Health.
And remember, it’s recurring, so that month of pain can go on and off all year.
Since there’s no cure or treatment for PHN, he say’s it’s crucial to recieve the new vaccine if you’re age 50 or older.