Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster herpes virus, which also causes chickenpox. When you have chickenpox, the virus stays dormant – but it can become active again at any time. You’ll be especially vulnerable when your immunity is low – for example when you’re stressed, injured or have undergone medical treatment. It usually affects a specific area of the body, but doesn’t cross over the midline of the body. (more…)
How to treat shingles
Spotlight On… Shingles
Shingles is a viral infection along a nerve pathway and the surrounding tissue. The same virus that causes chickenpox is responsible for shingles (also called herpes zoster).
There are two main areas of the body where shingles usually appears: the sides along the waistline and along the facial region of the head. Shingles can affect anyone at any age.
Spotlight On… Actinic Keratosis
Actinic keratoses (AK) are dry scaly patches of skin caused by long-term exposure to the sun. Also known as solar keratoses the patches can vary in colour (red, pink or brown) and diameter (from millimetres to centimetres) and the skin can become very thick often forming small hooks and spikes.
Spotlight On… Bowen’s Disease
An early form of easily treatable skin cancer. The abnormal growth takes place on the outer layer of the skin called the squamous cells.
Spotlight On… Athlete’s Foot
Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot (AF),is a fungal infection usually occurring between the toes.