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Feeling a little itchy? 5 Ways Ringworm Can Affect Your Body Beyond the Skin | health news


Ringworm is more than a skin condition; Especially in older people, it can affect the nerves, heart, stomach, eyes, and brain, among other parts of the body. The psychological cost of shingles is often overlooked. Imagine experiencing the overwhelming, depressing and lonely feeling after waking up to a sudden, severe pain and annoying rash. Visible sores can lead to social isolation and humiliation.

What is shingles?

A painful rash is caused by a viral virus known as shingles. Ringworm can appear anywhere on your body. It usually appears as a single band of blisters around your body on the left or right side. Shingles is characterized by a pain or tingling sensation limited to one side of the face or torso, followed by a red rash with small, fluid-filled blisters.

Dr Rashmi Hage, Executive Vice President, Medical Affairs, GSK says, “The best defense against ringworm is vaccination. For additional information on ringworm prevention, see your doctor and practice prevention.”

Little-Known Facts About Shingles

Here are 5 lesser-known facts shared by Dr. Rashmi about shingles you need to keep an eye on:

1. Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which lies dormant in the nerves after chickenpox and can reactivate later in life, causing severe nerve pain with labor pains.

2. In 10-18% of cases, nerve pain persists after the rash clears, known as PHN, lasting months to years and leading to complications such as depression and sleep problems.

3. Studies show that shingles increases the risk of stroke and coronary artery disease by 30%, with the risk lasting for a decade.

4. Ringworm can affect organs such as the eyes, ears and brain, causing permanent hearing or vision loss and, in rare cases, pneumonia or brain inflammation.

5. Contrary to belief, shingles can recur on different parts of the body even after the initial attack, as shown by a 2023 survey in which 73% of patients in India believed otherwise.

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