Anyone who have had chickenpox previously have a higher chance of developing Shingles since both of the skin conditions caused by the same virus called VZV. It can occur at any age, but most common at age of 70 or older and less regular among children. It presents milder symptoms among kids and teens if they are infected, while older adults can have more severe cases.
In addition, children who are vaccinated against chickenpox are much less likely to develop Shingles when they get older. If it does happen, the case of shingles is usually milder and less likely to cause complications than in someone who was not immunized.
Not only kids, if adults have never had been vaccinated against chickenpox before, you should avoid direct contact with the fluid in the blisters of a person with Shingles.
There are some certain risk factors which may increase your chance of developing the skin condition:
– Being older than 50: As other diseases, the risk of having Shingles increases with age.
– Having specific diseases: You can be infected with the condition if you are having one of the particular diseases which weaken your immune system, including HIV/AIDS or cancer.
– Taking cancer treatment: Cancer treatments makes your immune systems weaken. More specifically, the radiation or chemotherapy also lower your resistance to diseases and let you to be at higher risk of catching the disease.
– Taking certain medications: Drugs designed to prevent rejection of transplanted organs are a risk factor, as well. Patients taking steroids or other immunosuppressive medications, such as people who have undergone organ transplantation, and individuals with certain autoimmune diseases are also at higher risk for developing Shingles.
– Stres: Both psychological and emotional stress are also factors leading to Shingles development.
Otherwise, Shingles are potentially result in some complications, which may include:
– Postherpetic neuralgia: If you have Shingles, you may feel the pain lasting long after the blisters have cleared, maybe for several months, or even more. It occurs when the damaged nerve fibers send confused and exaggerated messages of pain from your skin to your brain.
– Neurological problems: The condition probably leads to the inflammation of the brain (or encephalitis), facial paralysis, problems related to ability to hear or keep balance.
– Vision loss: Shingles in or around an eye can lead to painful eye infections and then vision loss.
– Skin infections: This will happen when the blisters have not been properly treated.