Ali Fedotowsky is getting candid about being diagnosed with shingles.
The Bachelorette alum shared her diagnosis in an Instagram post on Thursday (July 31) after fans noticed that she hadn’t been showing her face in posts lately.
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“Hey guys. Some of you noticed that I’ve been hiding my face on Instagram this week. Either by holding something over it, wearing sunglasses, or putting my hair over my left eye. Why? I was diagnosed with shingles,” she said.
“I don’t really know why I wanted to hide it,” she continued. “I think it’s mostly because I didn’t want the added stress or pressure of the Internet while I was trying to rest and heal. In fact, stress is likely the reason I got #shingles. I’m sharing now because I hope my story will help others detect it early. I didn’t even think it was possible to get it at my age.”
Shingles is a painful condition that causes a rash to develop on one size of the face or body. The rash typically takes the form of blisters that clear up within two to four weeks and some additional symptoms are fever, headache, chills and upset stomach.
“From what I understand you get it from a weakened immune system due to stress or other health related issues,” Ali said, adding that she was hoping her speaking out about the condition would help other people struggling with shingles.
“I hope my story will help others detect it early,” she said. “I didn’t even think it was possible to get it at my age.”
In January 2020, Ali shared that she had been diagnosed with skin cancer.