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There are around 150,000 new cases of shingles each year in Australia


Shingles is a viral infection caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox (varicella-zoster virus). Shingles can only develop in a person who has already had chickenpox and is most common in people over the age of 50. It may start with a burning, itching or tingling sensation on the skin. Later a painful rash may appear as a stripe of blisters on the body or face. Pain can persist even after the rash is gone. Early treatment is key to timely recovery and milder symptoms.


In this week’s informative Health Column we look at shingles. What is it it? Can you prevent it? Who can get shingles? What are the complications? Treatment options and how your local pharmacist can provide these are also discussed.


If you think you may be developing signs and symptoms of shingles, visit your doctor as soon as possible (within 72 hours of the onset of the rash), and your pharmacist to discuss treatment options. You can get more detailed information on shingles from the Self Care Fact Card titled Shingles available. Click on the button "View detailed .pdf" above to download your FREE fact card now.

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