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is shingles always on one side of the body

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Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Usually: Shingles is reactivated chickenpox virus. You don't catch it some other person. It is from the chicken virus that infected you years ago when you wer ... Read More

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vicki Levine
40 years experience Dermatology
Shingles: If the rash is made od blisters that was preceded by pain or itching, you made me right. Depending on how long you have had the rash, you can take an ... Read More
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Shingles it is: You are right shingles is usually one sided and segmental in nature.
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carla Enriquez
49 years experience Pediatrics
Mom should see doc: Your mom should see a doctor to be sure these are benign boils. The breast lesion particularly sounds troublesome. Please have her see her doctor.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Shingels vs Cysts.: Her doctor should be able to determine what is going on. It doesn't sound like Shingles because that usually shows up in one dermatome area on the b ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Maughon
23 years experience Pain Management
Shingles: Shingles in more than one are of the body can just be "dumb luck" or it can be the sign of a problem with the immune system. Only your doctor can answ ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Bress
49 years experience Internal Medicine
Not likely.: Shingles is nearly always limited to one side of the body. In a person with an abnormal immune system the disease could be disseminated.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
Yes it is possible: Shingles virus follows a dermatomal pattern and when found on both sides of the body it is many times around the abdomen/chest area or thoracic back a ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Stein
59 years experience Pain Management
Yes: Yes to both questions.
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A female asked:
Dr. Derek Farley
23 years experience Urgent Care
Yes: Get to a doctor and get treatment to prevent further outbreaks and to treat the current one
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jessica Khan
31 years experience Infectious Disease
Sorry some meds help: It sounds like you have a condition called post-herpetic neuralgia - the nerves where the shingles hid are still sensitive. It can continue to do so ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Either the vaccine was effective or not. Retaking it is not likely to alter your immunity to herpes zoster. The vaccine is far from 100% effective.
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