Medical Review By: Ted Schiff, MD Like every part of the body, the skin changes with age. The teen years bring dreaded pimples. Middle age brings telltale wrinkles. In elderly adults, skin conditions may become more numerous — and more noticeable — as the skin continues to thin and lose fat, elasticity, and moisture.
Chances are, most young people have little idea of what Shingles is, much less how doctors treat it, or Medicare covers it. But the skin disease that’s scourge to so many millions of seniors has its roots in childhood. Chickenpox, in fact. Back in the day as they say, there wasn’t a vaccine preventing most
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a viral disease that manifests as a painful skin rash with blisters. It develops when the chicken pox virus reactivates in the body, often for unknown reasons. Anyone who has had chicken pox is at risk for developing shingles. About 20 percent of those who have had chicken