TUCSON, Ariz. (WCMH) — There’s a new shingles vaccine called Shingrix, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend getting it, especially for adults 50 and older.
Anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk of a shingles outbreak. Shingles itself is not contagious, but the virus that triggers it is. Anyone who has never had contact with chickenpox can catch it, just by exposure to someone with an active shingles outbreak.
The CDC says almost one in three Americans in their lifetime will get shingles. The painful itchy, blistering rash that tends to occur on one side oft the body can last for weeks and flare up for no reason.
Here are some helpful tips to treat shingles:
- Keep the rash open to the air and wear loose clothing.
- Only bandage the sores if you live with or are around children or adults who have never had chickenpox.
- To alleviate some symptoms, apply baking soda, a medicated lotion, or use cool compresses on the affected area.