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A 69-year-old male asked:

2nd bout with shingles within a yr. feels like always just below surface. is a series of b-12 shots a good option?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
See below: Varicella zoster is reactivation of the chicken pox virus that has been latent in your body since you had the disease as a child. It can happen at any age although it is more common the older you get. It can occur early if you have a condition that impairs your immunity but it can also occur without any apparent cause. It should be treated with acyclovir, valacyclovir or famvir (famciclovir). Good luck.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Vitamin B-12 will do nothing to prevent recurrences.
Apr 1, 2014

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What causes shingles outbreaks?

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Natural remedy for shingles?

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Do dermatologists treat shingles?

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Yes, many doctors do: Shingles is well within the domain of the dermatologist - but also treated by most family doctors and internists. Sometimes people go to urgent care clinics because symptoms can be quite severe. An er visit will cost you way too much - particularly for a problem that can easily be treated in the office.
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How are "shingles" contracted?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Shingles develops: In people who have previously been infected with chicken pox. Coming in contact with a shingles rash/blister can infect someone who doesn’t have immunity to chickenpox. But that person would get chicken pox - not shingles.
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A 35-year-old female asked:

What triggers shingles?

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Dr. Deborah Josefson
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Decreased immunity: Shingles is a reappearance of chickenpox or varicella zoster virus. After the initial outbreak of chicken pox, the virus hides in the spinal cord in the dorsal root ganglion and may reappear later in life, when we are under high stress or lowered immunity. Long term corticosteroid use can increase the risk of zoster. Symptomsof impending rash include pain and paresthesias.
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Additionally, some medications can lower the immune system such as chemotherapy. Therefore, patients are often put on preventive/prophylactic anti-viral medications.
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