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is herpes and shingles the same thing? what about herpes zoster?

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Dr. Vicki Levine
Dermatology 41 years experience
Shingles: Herpes zoster is the medical word for shingles. When you get chicken pox the virus (herpes) rests in a nerve of your spine. Years later, if you are under stress or sick you can get shingles which is on one side of your body and can be very painful. If is not uncommon for the pain to start before the rash.
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Herpes zoster is a different (but related) virus than herpes simplex, the virus that causes oral and genital herpes that we usually think of when we say "herpes".
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Is the timing of developmental milestones the same for all children?

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Dr. Julia Sundel
Pediatrics 18 years experience
No: Some children reach the milestones earlier while others may reach them later. Try not to compare your child to others. Your pediatrician will do a developmental screening at each well child visit and will address your concerns. If your baby is significantly delayed, further evaluation may be needed.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Should my baby be in the same percentile for height and weight?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
No: No, this is a common misconception! if all children had the same percentile for height and weight, there would be no tall skinny, broad muscular, or short heavy kids! growth percentiles are mostly used to predict and track growth over time.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

How do I ensure my baby's head stays the same shape?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Tummy time!: Many babies develop flattening of the back of the head in the first 4-6 months from sleeping on their backs. Tummy time can help to avoid this. Also, make sure you put your baby in different seats, different positions and encourage him/her to look to both sides in the first few months. Most flattening resolves on its own when babies start to sit up (after 6 months).
A 34-year-old member asked:

How can I treat genital herpes during pregnancy?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Acyclovir: Acyclovir or valcyclovir are standard treatments. You should take them prophylactically during the last month of pregnancy to avoid getting an outbreak in labor. If you happen to have an outbreak while in labor, a c-section is recommended.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I was told I have pseudo-gout. is that the same thing?

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Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 25 years experience
Not same as gout: Both gout and pseudo-gout will cause sudden, painful swelling in joints, and both are caused by deposits of crystals in the joints. However, gout is caused by uric acid crystals, and is often associated with lifestyle and dietary factors, and metabolic diseases. Pseudogout is caused by calcium pyrophosphate crystals, and is related to advancing age, history of trauma, other medical conditions.

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