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Shingles and Your Brain: What Your Neurologist Wants You to Know

Shingles and Your Brain: What Your Neurologist Wants You to Know

by Rismary Cabrera
If you were one of those children who got caught in the unfortunate chickenpox epidemic and thought it was a "once and done" problem, you might need to think twice. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 1 out of 3 people in the United States will develop that forgotten rash during their lifetime, which reactivates in a new painful form called shingles. This means that nearly one million Americans experience the condition each year, with about half of the cases transpiring in people with weakened immune systems, and in those age 60 or older. In other words, as you get older the onset of shingles is more likely to occur. It is important to note, that anyone that has had chickenpox is at risk for developing shingles.

The Top 10 Reasons to Visit an Urgent Care

The Top 10 Reasons to Visit an Urgent Care

by Stephanie Meadows
When you are sick or injured, deciding where to get care is the last thing you want to worry about. It can be very stressful, especially with the classic idea that a busy emergency department waiting room might be your only option. Understanding your options now will make decision time easier when you need immediate care. Of course, your primary doctor is usually the best place to start when you're sick or hurt. They know your health history, including any underlying conditions you may have. When you visit your doctor for an illness or injury, they can make informed choices about your treatment and necessary tests. However, what if you get sick or injured when your doctor's office is closed, or they cannot see you for several days or weeks?