When people are frustrated with the intensity of covid19 pandemic and eagerly waiting for the vaccine to get back to normal, then Doctors are claiming another epidemic Shingles triggered by this virus.
They have been reporting an unexpected number of cases with a symptom of shingles where an angry blister is peeping from on one side of the body.
Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. Although shingles can occur anywhere on the body, it most often appears as a single stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or the right side of your torso.
Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you’ve had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles.
Even in some patients, shingles develop after recovering from covid but some of them are unsure about contracting the virus which later left them with shingles symptoms.
Are asymptomatic patients also able to develop shingles in their body?
‘I didn’t even think of Covid at the time, but, looking back, I had the signs,’ says Annette, who lives in Bewdley, Worcestershire, with husband Adrian, 54, a sales manager with a PPE company.
“Then, about two weeks later, I noticed an eczema-like rash on my hip, which spread on to my back and under my arm. The rash then turned into little blisters filled with fluid which burst and were excruciatingly painful.”
“It was like nothing else I’d ever experienced — I felt really unwell. I saw my GP on Zoom, and she said that it looked like shingles.”
The reason for shingles is unclear. But it may be due to lowered immunity to infections as people grow older. Shingles is more common in older adults and in people who have weakened immune systems. And covid19 very successfully ruining the immune system of the human body.
Have shingles become more common in this pandemic?
Experts from king’s college London, have already identified loss of taste and smell as key symptoms of coronavirus, reported 9 per cent of patients had tested positive for the virus had either a rash on their figure or toes or on their body.
John Oxford, a professor of virology at Queen Mary University of London, says he would not be surprised if people whose immune system faces off Covid-19 suddenly developed shingles.
It is contended whether Covid19 actually develops shingles in the human body because some experts reveal that the virus may attack the white blood cells that control the immune system, allowing the virus to reactivate.
Professor Oxford says: “It’s important that patients with Covid-19 are not overlooked, and anything that can help make it easier to pinpoint patients should be assessed. However, whether shingles may be a sign of corona-virus is a matter for debate.”