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Asthma is Likely to Increase the Risk of Shingles, Study Says

asthma is likely to increase the risk of shingles
HWC Team
January02/ 2016


A new study has found that people with asthma is likely to develop shingles, a common painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus.

Young Juhn, the general academic pediatrician and asthma epidemiologist at the Mayo clinic stated that the effect of asthma on infection or immune dysfunction might work well beyond the airways.

Medical records for patients with shingles, also known as herpes zoster were reviewed where 371 cases with shingles age 67 on average were identified during the study and compared 742 control subjects.

Out of 371 shingles cases, 23 percent had asthma when compared with 15 percent from the group. Authors found that adults with asthma are around 70 percent greater risk of developing shingles when compared to those without asthma.

Researchers also revealed that both atopic dermatitis and asthma were found to be associated with greater risk of shingles.

Researchers believe that asthma helps suppress adaptive immunity and may increase the risk of varicella zoster virus reactivation.

Juhn said that asthma is an risk factor for Zoster in adults, consideration should be given to adults over 50 years with asthma or atopic dermatitis.

Experts stressed that neither inhaled corticosteroids nor vaccinations are associated with a greater risk of shingles.

HWC Team

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