The incidence of shingles in the US is estimated to be one million cases. Furthermore, a third of Americans will contract shingles or Herpes zoster with possibly serious consequences. Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus that also causes chickenpox.
A new study has indicated that childhood asthma may increase the risk of contracting shingles. There is a 70 percent higher risk of developing shingles among this group compared with people without asthma. The Mayo Clinic researchers say that consideration should be given to immunizing adults aged 50 years and older with asthma or atopic dermatitis against the zoster virus.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.
It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.