I wanted to gain a better understanding of shingles since every female relative on my mother’s side of the family has had shingles, including my mother. Shingles is a viral infection that is the reactivation of the dormant chicken pox. Its first symptom is typically typically tingling or numbness of the skin. It is then followed by a skin rash that appears on one side of the body, unilateral, in a band-like appearance. It sometimes occurs on the face, and rarely on both sides of the body. Few people with shingles experience postherpetic neuralgia which is localized pain thought to be caused by nerved damage from the shingles. After shingles is treated and the patient is cleared by a physician, a massage therapist should be considerate of hypersensitive areas and adjust accordingly.


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