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If you grew up in the late 1980s, you might remember going to a chicken pox party. This type of shindig was encouraged by doctors to expose healthy children to the varicella-zoster virus. Doctors don't recommend holding chickenpox parties anymore because contracting the illness means the child will be susceptible to shingles for the rest of their lives. Shingles are brought on by the same virus responsible for chickenpox, varicella-zoster. Inflamed nerves cause painful blisters to appear on one side of the body resulting in considerable discomfort. Living with shingles can be an inconvenience and causes physical complications in elderly individuals. Let's discuss ten essential facts you should know about shingles.

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1. Postherpetic Neuralgia

The cause of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is due to the varicella-zoster virus wounding the nerves during a shingles outbreak. The function of the nerve is damaged and doesn't respond appropriately to natural stimuli. Postherpetic neuralgia feels like burning or tingling on the surface of the skin causing pain. This symptom appears after the immediate symptoms of shingles conclude. PHN can last from a couple of weeks until years after the original outbreak. Older people experience increasing painful postherpetic neuralgia symptoms.

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