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can a patient with syphilis develop herpes zoster?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Yes, shingles: Although i presume syphilis has been treated. There is no reason why any adult with or without syphilis should not develop shingles (herpes zoster infection).
Dr. Bradford Romans
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Absolutely yes: Sexually transmitted diseases are not mutually exclusive.When physicians find one std, we go ahead and test for several others.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Separate disease: Yes, one can be "blessed" with both diseases.

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What are the effects of syphilis on pregnancy?

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Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology 36 years experience
Infected baby: Penicillin, which is one of the safest drugs in pregnancy, effectively treats syphilis and will prevent spreading the infection to your baby.
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Does stress bring on shingles?

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
It can: Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. You can only get shingles if you have had chickenpox. The chickenpox virus stays dormant (asleep) in the nervous system and can be reactivated by a weakened immune system, causing shingles. Serious stress can weaken the immune system and bring on a case of shingles. There is a vaccine for preventing shingles for people over 50.
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Why does the virus that causes shingles become active again in some people?

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Dr. Ray Holt
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Family Medicine 28 years experience
Interesting: Usually for reasons we don't understand the varicella-zoster virus that causes chicken pox decides to reactivate later on and cause shingles. This usually happens after age 50, likely due to a weakened immune system as we age. Some other possible triggers are trauma, physical or emotional stress.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How to cope with oral herpes when dating?

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Dr. James Beck
Dentistry 11 years experience
Communication, treat: Oral herpes is pretty common and almost all adults have been exposed to it in some form. Sometimes it is not symptomatic at all. Other times cold sores or more aggressive sores inside the mouth can occur. If you are having symptoms, please see the dentist for treatment. You don't want your date to see sores all over your mouth. Talk to your partner about the fact you have it, and that it is common.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is there any way to get herpes without having sex?

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Dr. Michael Swor
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Any contact: The herpes virus passes to breaks in skin or mucus membranes from contact. The contact is usually an active lesion or sore on another person, but can be from an object. The virus can also be spread from one area of your body to another, so we all should learn hand washing and antiseptic techniques.

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