Leviticus 13:2 - When anyone has a swelling or a rash or a shiny spot on their skin that may be a defiling skin disease, they must be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons who is a priest.
When you were growing up did you ever have chicken pox? This is an important question for someone who’s had them, because the varicella-zoster virus takes up residence in your blood stream if you previously had chicken pox. This makes you a candidate for shingles.
Shingles is a painful rash with blisters often affecting a strip of skin across the left or right side of your upper or midline of the body, though it can affect other areas as well. Across the ribs, chest, neck or face are also frequent sites for shingles.
Some people never get shingles. Their immune system is strong enough to fight off the virus before it attacks their body. There is also another way to prevent shingles and that is to get the shingles vaccine.
Many people are worried about catching shingles from someone who has it. But you can’t catch shingles. What you can catch from a person with shingles is chicken pox if you never had it. Also, the shingle’s virus is only transmittable when there are active blisters. It’s important to have the area where shingles is active covered.
Treatment for the pain from shingles includes cool compresses as well as taking an oatmeal bath or using calamine lotion.
Healthline.com posts the article, “Shingles,” where they discuss symptoms of shingles such as red patches with blisters or flu like symptoms. The article also discusses who is at risk for shingles, diagnosis and treatment of shingles.
Shingles and other skin diseases aren’t new to recent history. You can see in the Bible verse above that there were rashes on the skin in Bible times as well. The steps someone had to take if they had a rash or skin condition was to take the person to a priest to have it examined. Today, skin diseases such as shingles and psoriasis still carry a stigma with them. It’s up to us to be sympathetic to the one who has the virus and help them get the treatments they need.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.