Some Doctors are of the belief that Shingles does not recur.
The reality is that it can and does recur, in fact it is recurring in more people than ever before across the world.
Why are more and more people getting Shingles and Recurrent Shingles than ever before?
This could be due to a number of reasons such as:
- Poor Diet & Lifestyle
- Stress – Financial worries – Relationship
- Major surgery –Trauma
- Alcohol Abuse
- Hormonal Changes
All of which can have an adverse effect on the Immune System no matter what age you are.
Who can get Recurrent Shingles?
Both men and women can experience Recurrent Shingles although it is more common in women. There are some rare cases of children experiencing this too.
Women often report that Shingles recurs around the time of Menstruation and Menopause. This would point to the system lowering its immunity during this hormonal period. Some suffer minimal with outbreaks just several times a year whereas others report outbreaks every month or cycle. Shingles can also reoccur with stress at work, relationships, family life or due to financial worries.
Men show similar patterns with the exception of the menstrual cycle/hormonal involvement.
In a recent study out of 1,700 people with a confirmed shingles attack only 8% had compromised immune systems thus finding that most Recurrent Shingles attacks were occurring in people with healthy immune systems.
- 60% more likely in women than men
- 40% more likely in people who were 50 or older when they had their initial attack
- Most recurrences occurred in people with healthy immune systems
If not caught and dealt with early, over time Recurring Shingles could lead to more serious complications although this is very rare.
Recurrent Shingles, although painful and debilitating, can usually be managed well in a much younger person but with time can become more difficult to deal with as that person ages.
This is where a better and healthier lifestyle due to diet and exercise should be maintained at an earlier age. This may not cure Herpes Zoster but would most certainly lower or contain the virus and help the individual to manage the problem as time goes by.