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Do You Have These HIDDEN Shingles Symptoms?!

Dear Reader,

Numbness or shooting pains on one side of your body.

A red rash that creeps over your skin. And it’s often followed by blisters and constant itching.

You probably already know that these are the classic signs of shingles, a miserable viral infection that becomes increasingly dangerous with age.

But what might not know is that there’s a different strain of shingles that doesn’t have these classic symptoms.

Meaning you could actually have shingles and not even know it.

Here’s how to find out.

Research shows that over 33% of Americans will develop shingles in their lifetime, that’s one in every three adults.

But not all of these folks will have your typical run-of-the-mill shingles. Instead, many will be struck down with a different strand — internal shingles.

Internal shingles is a lot like regular shingles, in terms of how it starts in your body. But when it comes to symptoms it can be vastly different and even far sneakier.

The iconic red rash that flags shingles almost immediately? Most cases of internal shingles don’t have any kind of rash at all.

This kind of shingles is called zoster sine herpete (ZSH) and does NOT cause a blistering rash.

Instead, you may have some tingling, maybe chills and muscle aches. Your lymph nodes may swell, which indicates your body is trying to fight off a virus. Some may also experience headaches or a fever.

Sounds like a bad cold doesn’t it? You may be tempted to blow it off as some seasonal sickness… but you’re actually walking around with shingles.

And if left untreated, your situation can go from bad to much, MUCH worse.

It can spread to your internal organs and you could be struck down with pneumonia, brain inflammation and even hepatitis.

All of which are VERY serious and have the potential to be life-threatening.

So how can you protect yourself?

Even though the virus doesn’t spread through sneezing or coughing, it’s best to keep your distance from anyone who may have shingles as there’s a chance you could still acquire the virus.

Keep yourself healthy. This means keeping a relatively balanced diet so that your body has enough fuel and nutrients to fight off any invaders.

Taking a vitamin C supplement can also help boost your immune system to give your body an extra layer of defense.

And lastly, if you experience any unusual muscle pains, chills, tingling or any of the other internal shingles symptoms mentioned above, go to your doctor. It could just be a cold or it could be something more.

And if it is shingles, the sooner you treat it the better off you’ll be.