Are you shingles aware?

There is a 1 in 4 chance of developing shingles, if you have had chickenpox.

The symptoms are usually mild but can be unpleasant for some. Typically it starts with a headache and can include fever, tiredness and a general feeling of being unwell.

There is often a burning pain felt somewhere on the body, for a small proportion of people this can be quite severe. Within a few days to three weeks a red rash develops where the burning was felt, which turns to blisters that burst and then turn into sores that eventually crust over and heal.

Most people recover without any lasting effects but about 1 in 5 people may continue to feel long term pain known  as post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), which can afect their quality of life.

Shingles - quick facts

* Shingles occurs more frequently in people aged 50 years or older

* You cannot catch shingles from someone who has chickenpox

* The chickenpox virus stays dormant in the body until it is reactivated later in life causing shingles

* If shingles develops in the eye, seek medical attention urgently

For more information about shingles, speak to you GP, pharmacist or other healthcare professional, visit the NHS Choices website or


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