Don’t let shingles be your story.

Mr. Lee

The shots of pain would come every couple of minutes. And then you would just pray that it goes off quickly. It was like somebody was turning a screw into my skin.

Mr. Lee, 56 y.o.

Patient diagnosed with shingles

Ms. Chia

My mom had it about 10 years ago. She says the shingles pain remains even after all these years.

Ms. Chia, 49 y.o.

Carer of a patient diagnosed with shingles

Mr. Sulaiman

The pain was so intense, even when moving my mouth to chew something. I sincerely wish that nobody has to go through this kind of pain.

Mr. Sulaiman

Retelling of the shingles story of Mr. KT Ng, 83 y.o.

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Shingles usually resolves on its own and most people make full recoveries1. However, the risk of shingles complications increases with age.2 The most common complication from shingles is chronic nerve pain called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) that occurs in about 1 in 3 of patients.2 People with PHN experience persistent nerve pain for months or years in the area where they had the shingles rash - even after it has cleared up2

Another complication is herpes zoster ophthalmicus (HZO) which affects up to 1 in 4 patients with shingles. It is a condition where the shingles rash appears on the face around the eye, leading to swelling and in rare cases vision loss.1

Other complications of shingles include skin scarring, stroke, secondary infections, hearing loss, partial weakness or paralysis in areas where nerves are affected by shingles.1,3,4

References:
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR. 2008 May;57(RR-5):1-30.
2. Kawai K, et al. BMJ Open. 2014 Jun;4(6):e004833
3. Mallick-Searle T, et al. J Mult Healthcare. 2016 Sep;21(1)447-454.
4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shingles (Herpes Zoster) - Clinical Overview. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/shingles/hcp/clinical-overview.html. Accessed Sep 2023.

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