Great news! Starting in 2023, Medicare will cover the shingles vaccine under Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C), meaning you won’t have to pay any deductible, copay, or any other costs for the vaccine. It is important to note that the shingles vaccine is not covered under Medicare Part A or Part B.
What is Shingles?
Shingles is a painful rash caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chickenpox. The virus becomes dormant after a person recovers from chickenpox, but it can become active again in the form of shingles. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that 1 out 3 people in the United States will develop shingles in their lifetime.
Signs and Symptoms of Shingles
The most common sign of shingles is a rash that appears on one side of the body, usually the torso. It may also appear on the face or neck. Other symptoms may include itching, burning and pain, as well as fever, headaches, fatigue, and sensitivity to light.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Shingles
Shingles can be diagnosed through a physical exam and a blood test. It typically takes between two and four weeks for shingles to go away. During this time, the rash may scab over, and the pain should gradually decrease. To help manage the symptoms of shingles, antiviral medications, pain relievers, and topical creams are usually prescribed. It is also important to get plenty of rest and manage stress levels to help speed up the healing process.
Prevention and Vaccines for Shingles
The best way to prevent shingles is to get the vaccine. It is recommended that people over the age of 60 get the vaccine, and it can be given to people as young as 50. There is no cost for the shingles vaccine if you have Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C). Otherwise, the cost of the shingles vaccine will vary depending on where you get it and your insurance coverage.
Living with Shingles
Living with shingles can be difficult, but there are several coping strategies that can help. These include getting plenty of rest, managing stress, and avoiding triggers that may aggravate the condition. This will help you manage the symptoms and reduce the pain and discomfort of shingles.
Shingles is a painful and often uncomfortable condition. If you are age 60 or older then consider getting the vaccine to prevent getting shingles. If you have already been diagnosed with shingles, then it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms and seek treatment right away. With the right care and management, shingles can be treated and managed successfully.
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