“Women, particularly during the menopause transition,
have higher rates of shingles than men, most likely due
to hormonal changes to their immune response”.1

Umbrella
What may the Shingles Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Herpes Zoster
  • Shingles
  • Zoster

Definition

What is shingles?

DotS the definition of shingles may vary. The (United States) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) definition is:

“Shingles is a painful rash that develops on one side of the face or body. The rash consists of blisters that typically scab over in 7 to 10 days and fully clears up within 2 to 4 weeks.

Before the rash appears, people often have pain, itching, or tingling in the area where it will develop. This may happen several days before the rash appears”.2

Chickenpox

What is the association between chickenpox and shingles?

In Shingles (Herpes Zoster): About Singles – Transmission the CDC elaborate on:

“Anyone who has had chickenpox in the past can develop shingles; even children can get shingles. Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another”.3

Spread or Not

Can you spread shingles to others?

In Shingles: Stay Away From Certain Groups of People If You Have Shingles the (United Kingdom) NHS note:

“You cannot spread shingles to others. But people who have not had chickenpox before could catch chickenpox from you.

This is because shingles is caused by the chickenpox virus”.4

Catch or Not

Can you get shingles from someone with shingles or chickenpox?

In Shingles: You Cannot Get Shingles From Someone With Chickenpox the NHS explain:

“You cannot get shingles from someone with shingles or chickenpox.

But you can get chickenpox from someone with shingles if you have not had chickenpox before”.5

Common or Not

How common is shingles?

In Shingles (Herpes Zoster) dated 03 February 2022, the CDC note:

Shingles
“About 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles, also known as herpes zoster, in their lifetime. An estimated 1 million people get shingles each year in this country. If you’ve ever had chickenpox, you can get shingles”.6

Menopause

Is there an association between menopause and shingles?

In Shingles: Everything You Never Thought To Ask (And How to Prevent It): Who Gets Shingles? the author elaborates on:

“Women, particularly during the menopause transition, have higher rates of shingles than men, most likely due to hormonal changes to their immune response. These changes at menopause can increase the rate of many immune-related diseases (such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis)”.7

Treatment

How is shingles treated?

In Shingles (Herpes Zoster): About Shingles – Treating Shingles the CDC explain:

“Several antiviral medicines—acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir—are available to treat shingles and shorten the length and severity of the illness. These medicines are most effective if you start taking them as soon as possible after the rash appears. If you think you have shingles, contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible to discuss treatment.

Pain medicine, either over-the-counter or a prescription from your doctor, may help relieve the pain caused by shingles. Wet compresses, calamine lotion, and colloidal oatmeal baths (a lukewarm bath mixed with ground up oatmeal) may help relieve itching”.8

VaccineShingles

Is a shingles vaccine available?

In Shingles (Herpes Zoster): Get the New Shingrix Vaccine If You’re 50 or Older the CDC explain:

“If Your 50 or Older, Get Shringex

  • Shingrix provides strong protection from shingles and long-term nerve pain
  • Get Shingrix even if you already had shingles, because you can get the disease more than once
  • Your risk of shingles and complications increases as you age
  • You need 2 doses of Shingrix. Get the second dose 2 to 6 months after you get the first dose”.9

Health Care Provider

What if I think I have shingles?

If you think you have shingles, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

In Shingles: Symptoms & Causes – Symptoms: When To See A Doctor the (United States) Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

“Contact your health care provider as soon as possible if you suspect shingles, especially in the following situations:

  • The pain and rash occur near an eye. If left untreated, this infection may lead to permanent eye damage.
  • You’re 60 or older. Age increases your risk of complications.
  • You or someone in your family has a weakened immune system. This may be due to cancer, medications or chronic illness.
  • The rash is widespread and painful”.10

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Sources

  1. Saunders, K. M. Shingles: Everything You Never Thought To Ask (And How to Prevent It): Who Gets Shingles? https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/women’s-health-and-menopause/shingles-everything-you-never-thought-to-ask-(and-how-to-prevent-it) Accessed: 05 December 2022
  2. Shingles (Herpes Zoster): About Shingles – Signs & Symptoms. Page Last Reviewed: 01 July 2019. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/symptoms.html Accessed: 05 December 2022
  3. Shingles (Herpes Zoster): About Shingles – Transmission. Page Last Reviewed: 01 July 2019. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/transmission.html Accessed: 05 December 2022
  4. Shingles: Stay Away From Certain Groups of People. Page Last Reviewed: 01 July 2021. NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/shingles/#shingles-and-chickenpox Accessed: 05 December 2022
  5. Shingles: You Cannot Get Shingles From Someone With Chickenpox. Page Last Reviewed: 01 July 2021. NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/shingles/#shingles-and-chickenpox Accessed: 05 December 2022
  6. Shingles (Herpes Zoster). Page Last Reviewed: 03 February 2022. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/shingles/index.html Accessed: 05 December 2022
  7. Saunders, K. M. Shingles: Everything You Never Thought To Ask (And How to Prevent It): Who Gets Shingles? https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/women’s-health-and-menopause/shingles-everything-you-never-thought-to-ask-(and-how-to-prevent-it) Accessed: 05 December 2022
  8. Shingles (Herpes Zoster): About Singles – Treating Shingles. Page Last Reviewed: 09 December 2020. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/treatment.html Accessed: 05 December 2022
  9. Shingles (Herpes Zoster): Get the New Shingrix Vaccine If You’re 50 or Older. Page Last Reviewed: 09 December 2020. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/shingles/multimedia/shringrix-50-older.html Accessed: 05 December 2022
  10. Shingles: Symptoms & Causes – Symptoms: When To See A Doctor. 20 August 2022. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/shingles/symptoms-causes/syc-20353054 Accessed: 05 December 2022
Topic Last Updated: 05 December 2022 – Topic Last Reviewed: 05 December 2022

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