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how can we identify a herpes zoster patient?

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Dr. Vitaliy Krol
Infectious Disease 19 years experience
Herpes zoster : Classic presentation is dermatomally-based unilateral eruption, mostly vesicles, later forming scabs, Thoracolumbar most frequent. Facial or eyes involvement most concerning. If diagnosis is confusing can perform Tzanck smear of vesicle (multinucleated giant cells), viral culture, immunoflourescence stains of fluid/histopathology, PCR. Varicella IgM only useful for primary infection
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Herpes zoster: Shingles occurs in people with history of prior chicken pox. Can occur many years after chicken pox when the persons immune system gets weak. The lesions are usually blisters that follow a single dermatome and does not cross the mid line of the body
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Rash and pain: HerpesZoster(Shingles) is caused by Varicella(Chickenpox)virus.which is reactivated in persons body several years after having had Chicken Pox. Typical rash occurs on left or right side of the body and never crosses the middle or face in a single stripe.There may be pain or tingling 2to4days before the rash appears like blisters.Rash heals2to4weeks.In some people pain may persist for months/years

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What are the causes of shingles?

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Shingles's : It is caused by a virus and is preventable by vaccination. It can also be treated with an antiviral which reduces the length and severity of the infection. Good Luck infection.
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Can I get shingles again?

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Yes: A person can have shingles more than once. His primary care doctor can evaluate to see if there is a weakness in his immune system (or just bad luck, older age, or other bodily stressors) that allowed him to have the first case of shingles. The doctor can give some advice on whether or not the patient should get the shingles vaccine to help prevent a recurrence of shingles.
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Why does one person with these risk factors get shingles while another does not?

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Don't know: Risk factors increase the risk but do not guarantee that you get the condition. Genetic variation and immune system have a lot do with it, and our level of understanding of the process is very limited. There is a vaccine available. Talk to your doctor to see if it is recommended for you.
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What percentage of shingles patients develop complications?

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It depends: Complications of herpes zoster (shingles) depend on the age of the patient as well as the immune competence.
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How can I tell if I have scabie or herpes?

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Dr. Robert Greer
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See Dr.: These lesions look different ;both should be treated asap.

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