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what is shingles?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience Family Medicine
Shingles…: Is reactivation of virus that causes chickenpox (herpes zoster/ varicella). May start as burning sensation in the distribution of nerve(s); later blisters on a red background appear; eventually the blisters scab over. Anti-viral meds should be used as soon as diagnosis is made to prevent severe, lasting pain of post-herpetic neuralgia. Avoid contact with pregnant/people who've not had chickenpox.
Answered on Nov 11, 2016
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience Family Medicine
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Also avoid exposing people with suppressed immune system: organ transplants, HIV/AIDS, people on immunosuppressants for psoriasis/RA/etc
Mar 8, 2012
Dr. Satinder Aggarwal
48 years experience Internal Medicine
Rash over skin: Chicken pox virus from childhood stays dormant in nerves.Any time when immune system is low especially after age 60 these viruses can activate, move along nerve fibers and can cause skin rash usually along one nerve, mostly on one side of the body.This rash can be very painful while rash is active and even when rash is gone.It may last long time vaccine is available to prevent shingles.
Answered on Sep 18, 2017
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience Family Medicine
Herpes zoster: Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) is an infection caused by the chicken pox virus. Those who had chicken pox previously recovered from the disease, but never got rid of the virus where it was dormant until the shingles outbreak. Treatments (and a vaccine) are available; see your doctor for more information.
Answered on Nov 6, 2017
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