Shingles in Young Adults

Shingles in young adults is becoming more prevalent mostly due to the fact that young people aren’t as healthy as they used to be. One of the primary triggers of a shingles outbreak is a weak immune system and these days its pretty common for young adults to have weak immune systems, however, a weak immune system isn’t the cause of shingles, as you’re about to find out.

The Varicella Zoster virus that lies dormant in those who have had chicken pox is the root cause of shingles. If you have had chicken pox and don’t want to be at high risk for shingles then I advise you to live a healthy lifestyle. The problem is that the lifestyle of many young people today isn’t a healthy one as we all know from reading statistics on obesity and overall health in young adults.

A healthy lifestyle is the best way to fight back, as well as doing whatever else you can do, to boost the immune system. I was one of those young adults who had shingles outbreaks and have now had them for over 30 years. I was in my early 20’s and was living a very unhealthy lifestyle partying and carrying on, but at the time had no idea that this was the main cause of my shingles outbreaks.

In fact, I had no idea what the outbreaks were until they began to get out of control and this sent me in search of a good dermatologist. The dermatologist recommended Lysine supplements and gave me a list of shingles triggers. Of course, it just so happened that I had a poor diet, drank too much alcohol and caffeine and was a high strung stress magnet, which are all shingles triggers.

I had a choice to make if I wanted to avoid shingles outbreaks as much as possible and to be truthful I didn’t do very well at first. It was hard to stop living the way I had been, but in time I managed to do it. You don’t have to be a party animal though to experience shingles as a young adult it might just be that it is genetic. The good news is that whether it’s genetic or not you can still manage it.

If you have shingles as a young person you will need to be vigilant in avoiding to shingles triggers, especially as you get older. The older you get the more prone to shingles outbreaks you will be, since as we get older the immune system gets weaker. One of the best things you can do is to educate yourself on shingles by reading online like you are doing right now.

At this time I rarely have a shingles outbreak, even at 60, because I have educated myself on how to manage it effectively and you can do the same. Shingles in young adults is on the rise, but it doesn’t have to be. The solution is taking better care of you.