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Shingles

By:Anuj Gandhi
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Anuj Gandhi

on 12 November 2012

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Transcript of Shingles

Shingles The following presentation is about... Thanks For Watching! What Are Effects Of this disease? How do you get this disease? History Treatments Statistics General Information Shingles have existed since the Middle ages , although many people would assume that they were chickenpox, because they are caused by the same virus and almost identical. 1700 In the 1700's a scientist named William Herberden discovered the difference between shingles and chickenpox , and also the difference between shingles and smallpox (which is also a disease related to shingles). 1800 In approximately 1831 a bunch of scientists had a large discussion about Shingles and they found out that shingles usually appear near the spinal cord and the waist. 1900 Throughout the history of shingles people assumed that shingles were completely painless, but during another meeting in 1951, scientists discovered that the older the human the more pain is caused 2000 In 2005 scientists invented a drug named Zostavax which fights against shingles. Shingles is caused by the same virus as chickenpox. After you get chickenpox the shingles virus immediately gets into the the spinal cord but remains inactive. After many years though, it becomes active. Fortunately, very less often, sometimes it just remains inactive for the rest of your life. There is also a vaccine for this disease. Scientists also proved that it becomes more often active to people who are very healthy. General Information Shingles is a very painful disease, that is caused by the
same virus as chickenpox. In appearance they seem like a rash,
but are actually a bunch of painful blisters that usually appear near the spinal cord, thankfully they tend to disappear in about
2 weeks. Very rarely though, it may even occur a second time. Interesting information * Shingles can be spread around * If someone has not had chickenpox before ,and they catch shingles, they will develop chickenpox not shingles The effects of this disease can be very devastating and painful. Scars can be left on your body,and you can also experience nerve pain.If you experience nerve pain, it is most likely that you are , unfortunately going to lose an arm or a leg. If somehow, you see some of the blisters, spreading on your nose, you should call a doctor immediately, because it can put an effect on your eyes, which can eventually lead to blindness. * People with shingles tend to have an unusual amount of white blood cells If you get shingles at a young age, it won't be as painful
as if you were to get it at an old age Shingles has no cure because naturally, it goes away in 2-3 weeks anyways, but those 2-3 weeks can be the worst 2-3 weeks of your life. If you have never had shingles before you can always take the vaccine to prevent shingles (Zostavax vaccine). If you are experiencing alot of pain then you can take a pain medicine prescribed by your doctor to reduce the pain on the body. There may not be a cure for shingles, but your doctor might give you antiviral medicines to shorten the amount of time for the illness Shingles occurs very often to many people in the world, but statistics show that 1/3 people who have already had chickenpox before could possibly have shingles in the future.
Statistics show that 2.1 million people come to the doctor because of shingles every year. Symptoms * Joint Pain
* Very Painful headaches
*Abdominal Pain
*Taste problems
*Vision problems Bibliography http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001861/ http://www.medicinenet.com/shingles/article.htm http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/shingles/shingles.htm
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