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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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A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of shingles?

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Dr. Harold Fields
Family Medicine 61 years experience
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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can I get shingles again?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Why does one person with these risk factors get shingles while another does not?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
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.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What percentage of shingles patients develop complications?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
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
Family Medicine 44 years experience
See Dr.: These lesions look different ;both should be treated asap.

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