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FARGO — Laura Eidem thought shingles was something that only elderly people had to worry about.

Then the skin on the left side of her face started to feel tingly and sensitive and a rash appeared on her chin.


At only 25, Eidem went to the emergency room when the rash got worse and returned home with a treatment for the suspected culprit, the common skin infection impetigo.

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Ryan Johnson
After four years of covering news for the Grand Forks Herald and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Ryan Johnson has been a features reporter for The Forum's Variety section since 2013. His prior beats included politics, business, city government and higher education. Johnson is a 2008 alumnus of the University of North Dakota. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to
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