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how long do the symptoms of shingles last for in a teen?

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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Varies: Shingles can have groups of lesions which occur for 1-7 days then progress to crusts and healing over the next 1-2 weeks.

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What is a safe way to treat shingles during pregnancy?

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Dr. Jan Rydfors
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for 7 days: Shingles is when dormant chickenpox virus reactivates and causes painful blisters on limited areas of your skin. It will often appear with pregnancy and other immunocompromised states. Shingles is not dangerous to your unborn baby. The best treatment is oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) for seven days. Valtrex is a prescription drug and is felt to be safe to take in pregnancy.
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What are the risks of being pregnant as a teen?

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Dr. Amy Herold
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Complications: Teen pregnancies are at higher risk of complications such as pre-eclampsia and low birth weight babies. 25% of teen moms have another baby within 2 years of having their first. They are also at risk of post-partum depression and studies have shown they are more frequently victims of domestic violence.
A 21-year-old member asked:

When adolescents and adults are scheduled for their routine tetanus and diphtheria booster, should they get vaccinated with td or tdap?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Tdap, Usually: Unless there is a specific reason not to vaccinate against pertussis (whooping cough) such as a previous allergic reaction, tdap is preferred. Currently, people 65 and older can receive a dose of tdap, with boosters of td every 10 years.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there people who get shingles without a rash?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Shingles: I have seen many cases of shingles. Some times the rash is more prominent than others. But I have never seen a case without some form of rash.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How common are mood disorders among teen girls?

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Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 35 years experience
Very: May be higher than thought- all teenagers are moody but if it is causing decrease in function seek a professional psychiatrist.

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