Shingles by Ian Curry

The issue is Shingles/Herpes Zoster.

This issue is important because it affects most people who have had chickenpox and can be spread through direct contact with the blister, and affects .

I picked this issue because it is a contagious rash that causes itches, deep pain, blisters. Shingles/Herpes Zoster is common in older people and those with weaker immune systems due to stress, medication, etc. I also chose this because it affects the members of my family and I would like to know more about it so I can help them in the future.


This issue affects teenagers because teenagers who have had chickenpox are at risk for developing shingles in the future and it is beneficial for them to know how to deal with it.

I learned that there is a diagnosis for Shingles if it is taken before the virus fully develops. I also learned that it is able to affect a person more than once, although uncommon.

Some interesting facts about this issue are:

  1. If a Shingles rash develops near the eye, it may lead to future vision loss.
  2.  Damaged nerve fibers in the skin due to Shingles, send confused messages to the brain causing chronic pains that can last for a long time after the rash has gone.
  3.  Shingles developing on the face can lead to facial paralysis, hearing problems, and balance problems due to how Shingles affects the nerves connecting to the brain.

I believe that this is an important health problem to take note of because it may affect close relatives and we should know how to treat them and get them correct treatment to aid them.

This affects me because many of the members of my family could develop the virus and I need to know how to care for them, just as others would for their family members.

Solutions to this problem include, pain-killers, diagnosis before developing the rash, and anti-viral medications.

Problems: Extremely painful, affects nerve signals, may lead to sight, hearing, and balance problems.


In conclusion, this issue is important for you to know about because it will allow you to help yourself, others, and relatives if they develop the virus.  To help solve this problem, you can help those close to you with the virus get the diagnosis before the virus fully develops. This issue is important to me because the my parents and grandparents will possibly develop the virus in the future, and I want to know how to help them when the time comes.