The National Shingles Awareness Foundation
Our mission at the NSAF is a simple one: To make sure people know about shingles and the complications and pain the people afflicted with this disease suffer.
What is Shingles?
Part of the mission at the NSAF is to educate the public about this painful and sometimes debilitating disease. We see the lack of knowledge about this disease as one of the factors. To meet this goal, we’ve included sometimes graphic pictures of suffers of shingles, pictures of the redness and rashes one can suffer, of the different skin rashes and blisters. We hope we don’t offend, but the information is important.
What is shingles? Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash to appear on the skin. The rash will mostly appear as a band of blisters wrapping from about the middle of your back around one side of your chest to your breastbone. They could also appear in other places, but this is the main area.
Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. This is the same virus that is known for causing chickenpox. Once you've had chickenpox, the virus will lie inactive in the nerve tissue located near the spinal cord and brain. Years, maybe decades later, the virus can reactivate as shingles.
Shingles may not be a life-threatening condition, it’s often a very painful one. Vaccines will help reduce the risk of shingles, and catching and treating it early can help shorten shingles infection and lessen complications.
At the NSAF, we not only want to find better ways of treatment for shingles, we want to stop the painful rash of shingles altogether. If you would like to help, please see our newsletter and event calendar on our ‘contact us’ page.
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