Skin rashes, blisters and constant intense pain.
These are the most common symptoms of shingles, …caused by the same virus responsible for chicken pox.
The virus remains hidden in the body of a person who has had chicken pox …and becomes reactivated when the immune system is weakened.
The number of shingles patients in Korea has been increasing by an average of three percentage points per year.
Most of the patients, …63.four percent, were aged 50 and above.
But the rate of increase was greatest among people in their 30s and 40s, …at three.six to four percent each year.
Shingles patients should see a doctor and get proper treatment because nerve damage, and the accompanying pain, tends to get worse over time.
"Unlike chicken pox, this virus causes damage to nerves. Damaged nerves are difficult to recover, and often progress to neuralgia as an aftereffect."
Depending on the affected area, the virus can result in meningitis, blindness and facial paralysis.
This is why experts say people with symptoms of a painful, itchy rash or shooting pain should get diagnosed and treated within 72 hours.
Shingles requires anti-viral medication and nerve blocks to manage the pain.
Those over 50 years of age or with weakened immune systems are recommended to get vaccines.
Park Se-young, Arirang News.