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Shingles: Up Close and Personal 360-degree Virtual Reality Video

Get an up-close look at shingles and how it affects the human body in this 360-degree virtual reality video. Watch how shingles moves from nerve fibers to the skin to cause a painful, blistering rash.

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NARRATOR: This is a virtual reality enabled video. Use your mouse if you're on a computer, or finger if you're on your phone to move around.
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Shingles can occur anywhere on the body, but typically affects only one side of the torso.
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Often, it is confined to a single stripe that wraps around the trunk or waist. Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster
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virus or VZV, which is the same virus that causes chicken pox. If you've had chicken pox before,
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then the virus is already in your body, lying dormant in your nerve cells. Later in life it can emerge again in the form of shingles.
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Once awoken, the virus travels along the nerve fibers to the skin. Skin is made up of three protective layers;
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the outer epidermis, the middle dermis, and the inner hypodermis.
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Blood vessels and nerves branch out throughout these layers. Blood vessels nourish the skin, while nerves provide sensation
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to the skin. The virus follows nerves to the epidermis, resulting in a painful rash, usually
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with fluid filled blisters. It is the fluid from these blisters that is contagious to people who have not had chicken pox.
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Once these blisters crust over, there is no more risk for spreading the virus. Doctors aren't sure what triggers it,
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but people with aging immune systems are at a higher risk of experiencing a shingles outbreak. The only way to potentially prevent shingles
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is to get vaccinated. So if you are over 50, talk with your doctor about what options are available to you.
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In addition to the stabbing pain, itching or tingling people can also experience fever, chills,
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headache, and upset stomach. Shingles can take two to four weeks to clear up, so be sure to cover up the rash.
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Don't touch or scratch the blisters, and wash your hands frequently.

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