Shingles affecting young people more often: doctor

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 01, 2019
By: Chen Chien-chih and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Shingles, a condition common among elderly people, is becoming more common

Asia University Hospital Department of Infectious Diseases attending physician Chang Wei-shuo, right, examines a patient at the hospital in Taichung on Dec. 20.
Photo: Chen Chien-chih, Taipei Times

among young people, Asia University Hospital said, with doctors attributing the trend to irregular sleep schedules and stress.

The hospital treated a 21-year-old female university student surnamed Wu (吳), who complained of rashes across her face, chest, and neck, Department of Infectious Diseases attending physician Chang Wei-shuo (張為碩) said.

Wu began following a routine of sleeping late, as her club was practicing for a year-end performance, Chang said.

After several days, she began to experience pain as if being burned or shocked on her left cheek, her chest and the left side of her neck, with a rash developing in those areas, Chang said, adding that she complained that painkillers had no effect.

Chang diagnosed Wu with shingles and after two weeks of treatment, the symptoms eased, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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