Several years ago, during a time of stress, Seattle cabinet maker Michael Barton developed a case of shingles. A sensitive area developed around his armpit and shoulder blade -- on the skin and underneath it, he said.
Shingles is caused by the varicella virus, which also causes chickenpox. The virus remains in your body's nervous system and can flare up as you age, causing skin rashes, nerve pain and inflammation. It also can affect the eye and the brain, said Dr. Seth Cohen, a UW Medicine infectious diseases specialist.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people over 50 get the vaccine, called Shingrix, which prevents shingles in about 95 percent of people, including people who have had shingles before.
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