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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Overview)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears.


Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Overview)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears.


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Any tips on pain relief for shingles/herpes zoster?

Any tips on pain relief for shingles/herpes zoster?

Zoster pain: 1. Anti-virals- decrease length of symptoms 2. Anti-inflammatories 3. Neuropathic pain meds: gabapentin, lyrica, (pregabalin) tcas... 4. Traditional pain meds 5. Epidural steroid injections hang in there! ...Read more

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Dr. Glynis Ablon Dr. Ablon
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Shingles (herpes zoster) (Tip)

LED technology can reduce postherpectic neuralgia (the pain after shingles). ...See more

Dr. Jason Campbell Dr. Campbell
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Treating Shingles (Checklist)

Seek treatment from a healthcare professional
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Stay away from people who haven't had chicken pox
Once
Take ibuprofen or naproxen for pain and inflammation
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If prescribed anti-viral medication, take appropriately and completely
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Shingles - herpes zoster. In need og natural food suggestions. Any ideas?

Shingles - herpes zoster. In need og natural food suggestions. Any ideas?

Don't know if your: Doc has you on Acyclovir or similar. Also, zostrix (capsaicin) vaccine may decrease future outbreaks. Prednisone can be helpful & is safe if used for short period of time -can help limit long term neuralgia. The only supplement i know of is lysine 500-1000mg 3x/ day during outbreak but it can interact w some antibiotics so check w doc. If outbreak is orotund eyes please see doc to check for eye involvement. ...Read more

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A friend of mine has shingles (herpes zoster), he is 24 years old, does that means he is immunosuppressed?

Shingles: Yes and No. Shingles is often brought on by stress and or other situations that lower one's immunity temporarily such as concurrent illness, fatigue, poor nutrition. But, sometimes it just occurs. There is a shingle vaccine. Let's hope once he is healed he will take the vaccine so that this does not happen again. ...Read more

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Shingles (herpes zoster) (Tip)

Do see the doctor quickly if you have shingles, to get started on antivirals quickly. ...See more

Dr. Mary David Dr. David
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Living with Genital Herpes (Checklist)

Avoid sex when you have an outbreak
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Take antiviral drugs to decrease frequency of outbreaks
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Take antiviral drugs to decrease shedding the virus
once
Avoid oral sex when you have fever blisters
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Can you still have surgery (laparoscopic for endometriosis) if you have new flare up of shingles (herpes zoster)?

Can you still have surgery (laparoscopic for endometriosis) if you have new flare up of shingles (herpes zoster)?

Depends on location: This depends on the location of the outbreak. If well away from the lower abdomen, i.e. where the laparoscopy will be done, probalby no problem. But of course check with your doctor. Recurrent shingles is very rare. If recurrent herpes anywhere from upper thighs to the waist, probably isn't recurrent genital herpes due to HSV2, not herpes zoster. ...Read more

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How do I wash my hair if I have shingles (herpes zoster) extending deep into my hairline?

How do I wash my hair if I have shingles (herpes zoster) extending deep into my hairline?

Gently: Washing hair on one's scalp where there is shingles is the same as washing normal hair . . . Except that one must be gentle and not scratch the scalp lesions and scabs with his fingernails. Allowing the scabs to heal and come off the scalp by themselves is the best thing to do. Once dead skin and scabs are off the skin and just on the hairs, they can be removed by sliding them off the hairs. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po Dr. Po
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Shingles (herpes zoster) (Tip)

Don't use Hydrocortisone topical on shingles- it will only get worse! ...See more

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I had Shingles (Herpes Zoster) 6 months ago but the scars are still there on my face. How can I get rid of the scars? Please help.

I had Shingles (Herpes Zoster) 6 months ago but the scars are still there on my face. How can I get rid of the scars?  Please help.

Improve, not remove.: Scars cannot be removed but there is a large variety of techniques to improve their appearance, both surgical and non-surgical. Avoid sun exposure; it may take up to a year for the scars to fully mature. See a plastic surgeon to begin your search for an appropriate course of action. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is Predforte eye drops usually used to treat Shingles (herpes zoster) in the eye?

Is Predforte eye drops usually used to treat Shingles (herpes zoster) in the eye?

Yes but:: The standard approach to herpes zoster ophthalmicus includes oral antiviral therapy (acyclovir, valacyclovir, or famciclovir) to limit VZV replication, and the use adjunctive topical steroid drops to reduce the inflammatory response and control immune-associated keratitis and iritis ...Read more

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Shingles (herpes zoster) (Tip)

Sometimes it is ok to use a strong opiod medication to relieve your shingles pain. ...See more

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Is Bausch + Lomb Zirgan (ganciclovir ophthalmic gel) eye drops usually used to treat Shingles (herpes zoster) in the eye?

Is Bausch + Lomb Zirgan (ganciclovir ophthalmic gel) eye drops usually used to treat Shingles (herpes zoster) in the eye?

Herpes zoster tx: The standard approach to herpes zoster opthalmicus is to treat with antiviral therapy using a systemic drug like acyclovir, valacyclovir or famciclovir. However, gangciclovir ophthalmic gel is still indicated for treatment of herpes zoster opthalmicus. Treatment depends on the symptoms, because if there are systemic shingles symptoms present, a systemic antiviral should be started. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan Dr. Khan
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Shingles (herpes zoster) (Tip)

If you are older or your immune system is not strong, consider the shingles vaccine. ...See more

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Is it possible for lagophthalmos to be from herpes zoster (shingles)?

Is it possible for lagophthalmos to be from herpes zoster (shingles)?

Lagophthalmos causes: Lagophthalmos the inability to close the eyelid completely. This results from damage to the 7th cranial nerve or 'facial' nerve. There are many possible causes such as trauma, stroke, tumors, Bell's palsy, Lyme disease or other rare causes. Although I've never seen a case - zoster could probably do it, although would be quite rare. Zoster infects nerve roots, so if it came out in that area, maybe ...Read more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Shingles (herpes zoster) (Tip)

Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. ...See more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more