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what is herpes zoster?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Shingles: Zoster, often referred to as shingles, is a reactivation of the varicella (chickenpox) virus lying dormant in a nerve cell. When it occurs it generally begins without pain or itching in the distribution of the specific nerve and then the development of a rash in that area with small blisters. It tends to occur as a band on the torso or on the face. A vaccine exists to help prevention this.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Shingles: Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox. http://sgoti.ws/uydrn1.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What are signs of herpes zoster?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
Pain, rash,itching: The common word for it is shingles. It may first make itself kinown by severe pain over a given area, very puzzling to a doc. After a day or so the blotchy red rash appears and itching and pain continue until it resolves. There is no valid treatment for it.
Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 37 years experience
There is treatment, prescription antivirals taken early will shorten the course and decrease the short term and long term pain. See an md now!
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: herpes zoster?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Try wikipedia.: Seriously, there are several good descriptions of herpes zoster infections available on the internet.
A 38-year-old member asked:

If v. Zoster IgG positive, that means you have herpes?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Varicella-zoster: Vz is the causative agent of chickepox which can recur later in life as shingles (herpes zoster). Herpes simplex is a completely different virus with different disease producing capacities.
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A 22-year-old male asked:

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
A 53-year-old male asked:

What's herpes zoster? How do you treat it?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
About herpes zoster: The first time a person catches the varicella zoster virus, he gets a case of chicken pox. Most of the time, chicken pox is obvious. Occasionally, a person has such a mild case, he doesn't know he has it. After chicken pox resolves, the virus lives (hides) in the nerves near the spinal cord. When it comes out and infects the skin again, the virus is called herpes zoster, and the rash is shingles.

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