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What is the best treatment of herpes zoster infection?

What is the best treatment of herpes zoster infection?

Anti-viral: Herpes zoster is a reactivation of the virus that causes chicken pox. The virus sits in the nerves and comes out later in life. This causes a painful rash that doesn't cross the middle of the body. Anti-viral medications are used to control the symptoms.

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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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Does Igg and IgM indicate if a person is being tested for a herpes zoster infection?

Does Igg and IgM indicate if a person is being tested for a herpes zoster infection?

Not sure: of your question. If Igg zoster antibodies are low, there may not be immunity; if Igm is high, it is an indication of acute infection. So if these tests are being run, that is why.

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I have been diagnosed with herpes zoster infection. But yesterday I had a sudden blackout. Have been on valacyclovir and clavam since Friday.

I have been diagnosed with herpes zoster infection. But yesterday I had a sudden blackout. Have been on valacyclovir and clavam since Friday.

Both of these drugs: can be associated with passing out. More likely with the Valtrex than with the Clavam but potential for either. You should notify your health care provider and potentially go in for a reevaluation before continuing the medications.

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Painful, itchy rash on palms of hands & soles of feet, followed shortly by acute infection of 1 eye (treated) but rash persists. Herpes Zoster?

Not Zoster: Pustulosis palmaris et plantaris. Dyshidrotic eczema. Pompholix. Psoriasis. Id reaction. See a dermatologist for diagnosis and therapy.

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My friend is only 22. Is it normal for her to get.Herpes zoster in that age?

My friend is only 22. Is it normal for her to get.Herpes zoster in that age?

Can happen any time: Herpes zoster can happen to anone who's ever had chicken pox. Most of us have had chicken pox, thus most of us can get zoster. Zoster at younger ages typically can be brought on by stress or other insults to the immune system. Maybe your friend is under a lot of stress? Not sleeping enough? Have her see a doctor, she can and should be treated for her zoster.

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Can I infect someone if I have Herpes Zoster in the eye? I have a bf with healthy eyes and we kiss and such so our faces are close to each other.

Can I infect someone if I have Herpes Zoster in the eye? I have a bf with healthy eyes and we kiss and such so our faces are close to each other.

Chicken pox: You cannot transmit herpes zoster per se. If the person with you are in contact has not had chicken pox or chicken pox vaccination s/he could get chicken pox from exposure to shingle, as both diseases are caused by the same virus. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine.

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Is herpes and shingles the same thing? What about herpes zoster?

Is herpes and shingles the same thing? What about herpes zoster?

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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What food should be taken when you have herpes zoster? Thanks in advance

Shingle's Diet : There is no well studied scientific evidence that a certain food should be eaten or avoided in setting of herpez zoster (shingles). A healthy varied diet is advised to help provide the essential nutrients the body needs to deal with the infection. Adequate water intake is also important.

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How can we identify a Herpes zoster patient?

How can we identify a Herpes zoster patient?

Herpes zoster: Shingles occurs in people with history of prior chicken pox. Can occur many years after chicken pox when the persons immune system gets weak. The lesions are usually blisters that follow a single dermatome and does not cross the mid line of the body

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What is the prevalence of herpes zoster worldwide and in india?

What is the prevalence of herpes zoster worldwide and in india?

VHZ India?: ± 1 million cases/year in usa and 1, 5 million cases in the european union. Couldn't find recent data for india. Try who http://www.Who.Int/en/ you can find a lot of information there. Hope it helps.

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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

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Is it possible to have herpes zoster inside the skull?

Is it possible to have herpes zoster inside the skull?

You could say that: Herpes zoster (shingles) is generally a disease of the skin. However, it's possible to get zoster meningitis (infection in the spinal fluid), encephalitis (infection of the brain), or myelitis (infection of the spinal cord).

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How to cure blisters created by herpes zoster?

How to cure blisters created by herpes zoster?

Herpes zoster: If a person is breaking out with shingles (herpes zoster reactivation) there is internal antiviral medication that the person should start immediately. The medications would include Acyclovir , valcyclovir, or famcyclovir.

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Could water be applied to rashes of herpes zoster?

Could water be applied to rashes of herpes zoster?

Yes: Just be gentile water will not harm the rash but it is very painful . It is nerve pain so what may seem to be an innocuous thing could be very painful to the sufferer.

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Can herpes zoster be confused for herpes II in a blood test?

No it can not: It can not be confused as these are two different Viruses

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How to cure pus caused by herpes zoster? Im already taking up oral antibiotic.

How to cure pus caused by herpes zoster? Im already taking up oral antibiotic.

Herpes zoster: Keep taking the antibiotic. The blisters should dry up after a few days. If you're impatient, use a sterile needle and pop the blisters, then clean the area with some soap and water. Then keep the area dry.

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