Shingles are not a deadly disease but can cause outrageous pain to the affected area. Any disease can trigger a person with weak immunity. The chicken pox-causing virus finds its way back to affect a person with shingles.
The risk factors associated with shingles are:
- Age: this viral infection usually triggers people over the age of 50 years. Moreover, with increasing age, the natural cell immunity declines, which leads the virus to affect faster.
- HIV/AIDS: Immunodeficiency diseases increase the risk of catching shingles. People with AIDS/HIV are likely to catch such viral infections.
- A chronic medical condition: requires constant radiation or chemotherapy that can bring down your resistance to illnesses and may trigger shingles.
- Medications that suppress immunity: some medicines designed for the prevention of organ rejection suppress the immune response. Moreover, prolonged use of steroids, such as prednisone, can also result in the same.
- Cancer: A chronic medical condition like cancer can increase the risk for shingles as this chronic disease triggers immunity, and the virus finds its way for reactivation.
- Diabetes: diabetes triggers our immune system and reduces its intensity in fighting disease. This can increase the risk of getting triggered by a viral infection like shingles.