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.