After getting shingles several years ago I knew that I had to make significant changes in my life is order to not to get it again. Shingles is a painful blistery rash that usually pops up on one portion of the body. The typical symptoms of shingles are nerve pain and a rash. Shingles can be a terrible experience so I’m here to share four major causes of shingles so you can be aware of the things that contribute to shingles.
1. Reactivation of chicken pox virus
Emotional stress seems to be a major trigger of shingles. In my experience, I got shingles when I was highly stressed. I had just purchased a new home and a few weeks later started a new job. That coupled with a horrible cold was the trigger for a shingles outbreak! Since I had never gotten it before, I knew that this mixture of stress really put me in a high risk category.
3. Weakend immune system
Things like smoking, a common cold, or even medication can compromise your immune system. It’s these triggers that can contribute to a shingles outbreak. Those with immunity suppressing disease like human immunodeficiency virus or HIV AIDS may also be at risk.
Studies have shown that shingles largely effects people 60 and over but here’s the thing. I got Shingles in my 30’s but again, I think the stress and a compromised immune system contributed to my bout of shingles.
Shingles causes a painful rash that may appear as a stripe of blisters on the trunk of the body. The pain can persist even after the rash is gone. Knowing the major causes of shingles is the key to avoiding it happening to you.