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Contracting shingles may cost up to S$340: National Skin Centre

The average total bill for treating shingles, along with the economic cost of not working, could cost as much as S$340, according to a study by the National Skin Centre.

SINGAPORE: About one in five shingles patients experienced pain for more than one month.

In addition, the average total bill for treatment, along with the economic cost of not working, could cost as much as S$340, according to a study by the National Skin Centre.

The study also found that the duration of pain increases with age.

In one case, a 72-year-old patient who had shingles 12 years ago still experiences pain on a regular basis.

Shingles is a rash and can cause long-lasting nerve pain for months or even years.

There is no cure for shingles and one in three people who had chicken pox will develop shingles in their lifetime.

Vaccination is recommended for people who are above 50 years old.

Dr Pan Jiun Yit, a consultant dermatologist at the National Skin Centre, said: "It affects your sleep quality; it affects your productivity at work and affects your family life.

"And if you have shingles affecting a part of your body that is visible, for example your face, this can also result in cosmetic disfigurement as well." 

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