Combating Shingles: Understanding High-Risk Groups and Strategies for Prevention and Treatment

Shingles, a frequently misunderstood condition, represents a stealthy "assassin" that lurks in our midst, poised to strike not only the elderly but anyone susceptible. The varicella-zoster virus (VZV), upon initial infection, manifests as chickenpox before lying dormant within the body, potentially reactivating later to unleash the painful rash of shingles.