Dr Oz did a segment on Shingles, and more specifically on the Shingles Vaccine. Do you know what Shingles are? And do you know how you can protect yourself? Doctor Oz said that Shingles is a rash that makes you want to rip your clothes off, which definitely sounds like something we would all want to avoid!
Dr Oz: What Are Shingles?
Dr Oz’s Assistant-Of-The-Day said that the only condition that she ever had that made her want to rip off her clothes was Eczema. If you get Shingles, Dr Oz said that it is likely to start near your chest or sometimes on your face, but it is far less common for it to start on your legs. Shingles are contagious, just like the Chicken Pox. You start to get pain before blisters even appear, but then you get blisters that crust over after a couple of days. 99% of people have had Chicken Pox and between 1/3 and 1/2 of all of us will get shingles if we live long enough.
Dr Oz: Shingles Vaccine Is Safe
Why do Chicken Pox come back? According to Dr Oz, the virus hides in your spine near your nerves. When something triggers the virus, it gets “squirted” out by your nerve and hits your skin (since the nerves run to your skin). And since you have not had the virus since you were a little kid, your immune system does not remember what to do.