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Regina M Behnke
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Green Bay
Pharmacy
Streu’s Pharmacy Bay Natural
635 Main St
Green Bay
WI
54301

What are shingles, what causes shingles, and what can I do to prevent myself from getting them?

Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes Chicken Pox. Symptoms include a band or strip of rash that is more painful than itchy. If you were exposed to Chicken Pox as a child, you can get shingles; the virus remains inactive in your body until it is triggered. Triggers include advanced age, stress, severe illness or a weakened immune system and there is no way to predict if you will get shingles. If you are over age 50 and concerned about shingles, you should discuss the available vaccination with your one of our nurses or your personal physician.

 

My doctor wants me to get compression stockings, but I have the white ones from the hospital. Aren’t these the same thing?

 No, they are not the same. The white stockings, also known as TED stockings, provide a slight amount of compression along the leg and are designed for people confined to bed for preventing blood clots. As the saying goes, “TEDS are for BED.” Graduated Compression Stockings provide prescription-strength graduated compression to prevent vein disease while supporting existing damaged vessels such as varicose veins. While many suffer from vein disease, those in occupations requiring long periods of time on their feet are at greatest risk. See one of our nurses for more information or a personalized fitting.

I was told some time ago that I should take vitamin E because of its antioxidant effect. I recently heard that vitamin E can increase the risk of prostate cancer. Is this true?

Yes this is true. Vitamin E was often recommended to prevent prostate cancer based on earlier studies.  Now, however, a new larger study suggests that the opposite is true. It shows one more case of prostate cancer for every 625 men taking vitamin E 400 units daily for one year. For further information, please see one of our on-staff nutritionists.

 

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