Post COVID-19 Patients Face 59% Risk of Developing Herpes Zoster or Shingles
A recent study published in the Journal of Infection has shown that COVID-19 patients have a 59% increased risk of developing herpes zoster or shingles after recovery. This risk is even higher in those who experienced severe COVID-19 symptoms.
Herpes zoster, commonly known as shingles, is a painful rash that is caused by the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox. The virus remains dormant in the body after a person recovers from chickenpox and can reactivate years later, causing shingles. Symptoms of shingles include pain, itching, and a blistering rash, which can be debilitating for some individuals.
The study involved over 6,000 individuals who had recovered from COVID-19 and compared their risk of developing shingles to that of a control group. The results showed that those who had COVID-19 had a 59% increased risk of developing shingles, even after adjusting for other risk factors such as age, sex, and underlying health conditions. The risk was even higher for those who experienced severe COVID-19 symptoms, with a 2.4-fold increased risk compared to those with mild symptoms.
The study highlights the importance of monitoring individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 for potential complications. Shingles can have serious consequences, especially for those who are more vulnerable, such as older adults or individuals with weakened immune systems. It can cause prolonged pain, scarring, and even lead to vision loss or other complications.
It’s important for individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 to be vigilant about their health and seek medical attention if they experience any symptoms of shingles, such as pain or a rash.
In conclusion, the study adds to the growing body of evidence that COVID-19 can have long-term health consequences. It’s important for individuals to take precautions to avoid contracting the virus and for healthcare professionals to closely monitor those who have recovered from COVID-19 for potential complications.
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