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 or herpes zoster is a condition caused by the same virus which causes chickenpox. After someone recovers from chickenpox, the virus ‘rests’ within the nervous system until it ‘reawakens’ as shingles. The condition typically produces a painful blister-like rash on the skin.1 Some people also experience complications like herpes zoster ophthalmicus (HZO) and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) that can last months to years and cost thousands of dollars.1–4 

References:
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR. 2008 May;57(RR-5):1-30.
2. Chew, J. (2022, February 18). 5 things to know about shingles. The Straits Times. Retrieved March 22, 2022, from https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/5-things-to-know-about-shingles
3. Ho KY et al. Burden of Illness and Cost of Herpes Zoster and Post Herpetic Neuralgia---A Retrospective, Observational Study in Raffles Hospital, Singapore. 30 Aug 2014. Presented at the Raffles Hospital 13th ASM and the 6th Association for South-East Asian Pain Societies (ASEAPS) Congress 2015.
4. AsiaOne Online. Man on complication from shingles: It felt like being burnt. Published on June 19, 2014. Accessed from https://www.asiaone.com/health/man-complication-shingles-it-felt-being-burnt

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