Herpes zoster (or simply zoster), commonly known as shingles and also known as zona, is a viral disease characterized by a painful skin rash with blisters in a limited area on one side of the body, often in a stripe. The initial infection withvaricella zoster virus (VZV) causes the acute (short-lived) illness chickenpox which generally occurs in children and young people. Once an episode of chickenpox has resolved, the virus is not eliminated from the body but can go on to cause shingles—an illness with very different symptoms—often many years after the initial infection. Herpes zoster is not the same disease as herpes simplex despite the name similarity (both the varicella zoster virus and herpes simplex virus belong to the same viral subfamily Alphaherpesvirinae).
Varicella zoster virus can become latent in the nerve cell bodies and less frequently in non neuronal satellite cells of dorsal root, cranial nerve or autonomic ganglion, without causing any symptoms. Years or decades after a chickenpox infection, the virus may break out of nerve cell bodies and travel down nerve axons to cause viral infection of the skin in the region of the nerve. The virus may spread from one or more ganglia along nerves of an affected segment and infect the corresponding dermatome (an area of skin supplied by one spinal nerve) causing a painful rash. Although the rash usually heals within two to four weeks, some sufferers experience residual nerve pain for months or years, a condition called postherpetic neuralgia. Exactly how the virus remains latent in the body, and subsequently re-activates is not understood.
Throughout the world the incidence rate of herpes zoster every year ranges from 1.2 to 3.4 cases per 1,000 healthy individuals, increasing to 3.9–11.8 per year per 1,000 individuals among those older than 65 years. Over a lifetime, a large fraction of people develop herpes zoster, though usually only once – in a 1960s US study, 50% of individuals living to age 85 had at least one attack, while 1% had at least two attacks. Antiviral drug treatment can reduce the severity and duration of herpes zoster if a seven-to-ten day course of these drugs is started within 72 hours of the appearance of the characteristic rash.
A recent full blown case of shingles (hospital diagnosed) in a client allowed identification of many strains of the shingles virus. The rash was stopped from spreading immediately with frequencies and the client was puzzled as to why she had such a mild cash of shingles after going to the hospital emergency room prior to frequency application.
Upon further investigation, the client slept in a houseboat in Amsterdam that had mosquitos infected with the shingles virus. A mosquito bite on the leg started the shingles rash. Because she had latent shingles virus from smallpox in childhood, she developed a full blown infection. The houseboat was cleared of mosquitos using the Frequency Foundation Mosquito Service and cleared of the shingles virus with the shingles frequencies. It turns out that there are many strains of the shingles virus that must be eliminated!
The Life Extension Foundation reported the following in December 2012:
Following a chicken pox infection, the virus (called varicella-zoster, or VZV) takes refuge in nerve cells. With the onset of immunosenescence, it's only a matter of time until the virus can reemerge to trigger an attack of shingles. Here are some surprising fiures about this classic illustration of immunosenescence at work.
- More than 90% of adults harbor the VZ virus, and there is no means of predicting when or in whom a shingles outbreak will occur.
- It's estimated that 1 million new cases of shingles occur in the US each year, resulting in up to 60,000 hospitalizations.
- Your risk of developing shingles is about 1 in 3.
- With advancing age, your risk of developing shingles goes up dramatically: by age 85, 50% of people have had at least one outbreak.
- The severity of a shingles outbreak increases with age.
As a result over 90% of adults will benefit from running shingles frequencies to clear the virus from their body. Additional strategies for reversing immunosenescence are also recommended.
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