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Risk Of Stroke Is Raised After Contracting Shingles, Antiviral Drugs May Be Solution


The risk of stroke within those whom have been inflicted with the disease known as “shingles” may have a lot more to worry about than they had previously thought. Although this is the case, it seems as if there be a rather simple solution with the use of antiviral drugs.
A new study within Clinical Infectious Diseases unearthed evidence that shows proof (which is available to read online) of antiviral drugs giving patients some sort of “protection”. Shingles, which is a skin rash (usually painful) is contracted through the same process that chicken pox is contracted through, it’s also the same virus that does the damage to your body. It showed that people whom have had the disease showed a significant risk increase pertaining to strokes (approximately 6 months after the symptoms originally show up).

Shingles is also known as herpes zoster, and the risk was shown to be particularly prevalent in patients whom had rashes around their eyes. This disease is something that affects around 1 million adults in the United States alone, as well as around 90,000 in the UK every single year. The disease itself develops when the root of it all, the varicella-zoster virus, starts to become proactive in your body. It causes chicken pox, then stays in your body until adulthood, where it can reactivate and give you shingles.

Sinead Langan, MD. PhD, as well as the colleagues from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have looked at patients whom have had their first-ever incidents regarding shingles and strokes. They also looked at the antiviral treatment records pertaining to shingle cases, in the hopes that they would find their answer of a cure. They looked at the information from patients within 600 general practices (in the U.K., respectively).

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