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I have shingles. What are the chances of my 3yr old and 17.5mth old getting it? 17.5mth old had 18mth shot today early. I'm on antiviral medication

I have shingles. What are the chances of my 3yr old and 17.5mth old getting it? 17.5mth old had 18mth shot today early. I'm on antiviral medication

Depends on situation: Shingles is a re-activation of the chickenpox virus that hibernates in your nerve roots after you had it or the shot.For unknown reasons, it reactivates and causes the localized rash/pain. The blisters do contain virus, which could give your kids chickenpox. If they were vaccinated, that is unlikely. Covering the sores and hand washing prevents spread of the virus.The kids would not get shingles. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

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. ...Read more


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How long does pain go on after the shingles have gone and antivirals taken?

How long does pain go on after the shingles have gone and antivirals taken?

It varies by person: Each person responds differently. Shingles is caused by dormant chicken pox within nerves. It gets reactivated due to immune system stress, moves out to skin, causes rash/pain. Post-herpetic neuralgia(pain) may persist for months. Treatment: capsacin topical cream (never put on rash), low doses of anti-seizure/antidepressant medicines. Prevention: the zoster vaccine lowers risk of future outbreaks. ...Read more

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I have shingles and am taking antiviral tablets. Just woke up and room was spinning. Is this linked?

I have shingles and am taking antiviral tablets. Just woke up and room was spinning. Is this linked?

Maybe linked: You don't say where your singles rash is. If involving the face, and especially if near the ear, maybe Ramsey Hunt syndrome, a type of herpes zoster (or sometimes herpes simplex) that can affect the inner ear and the nerves that control balance. If so, you may need higher doses of the antiviral, and maybe a corticosteroid. Contact your doctor immediately. But probably not a drug side effect. ...Read more

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How long should I expect pain from shingles to last after finishing antivirals? I believe my rash was mild. How long should I wait to see my Dr?

How long should I expect pain from shingles to last after finishing antivirals? I believe my rash was mild. How long should I wait to see my Dr?

2-3 weeks: Shingles pain last a few weeks after the antiviral treatment. If it continues beyond a month, your doctor may think about an associated complication called Postherpatic neuralgia or PHN, for which other medication may need to be prescribed. ...Read more

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My shingles blisters are still here, after a month. I took antivirals-why won't they go away? What's wrong?

My shingles blisters are still here, after a month. I took antivirals-why won't they go away? What's wrong?

Skin damage: It is likely the infection has cleared with the anti-virals, but the damage to the skin can take months to heal. It's not unlike a burn - the skin has to regenerate and create new skin cells, and these areas can be extra sensitive for weeks to months. Think of it in terms of a broken bone - often takes 6-8 weeks to make that new bone after a fracture. Same for skin to heal. ...Read more

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An elderly friend recently had shingles-he took antivirals fo13 days as prescribed but still has bad pain- what's a natural pain relief regimen?

An elderly friend recently had shingles-he took antivirals fo13 days as prescribed but still has bad pain- what's a natural pain relief regimen?

Shingles pain: This is called post herpetic neuralgia. The older the patient when they get shingles, the more likely they will get post herpetic neuralgia. The pain can be persistent and chronic. Over the counter medscape usually don't work. Zostrix (capsaicin) cream is an over the counter treatment. Prescription pain medication may be necessary, or seeing a pain specialist might be needed. ...Read more

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Im taking an antiviral for shingles will it effect my birth control?

Im taking an antiviral for shingles will it effect my birth control?

No: Antibiotics can sometimes decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills, but anti viral medications do not. ...Read more

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I was diagnosis w/ shingles 2 weeks ago. It has healed but last night it started itching again. Do i need to see dr for more antiviral prescription or i'm healing still?

I was diagnosis w/ shingles 2 weeks ago. It has healed but last night it started itching again. Do i need to see dr for more antiviral prescription or i'm healing still?

Itch from shingles: Shingles is a reactivation of chickenpox. After chickenpox resolves, virus stays in nerve cells and comes out as shingles along the path of one nerve. Once vesicles dry, no need for antiviral meds. Nerve is inflamed for a while afterward, so itch/pain can persist for weeks-months. This doesn't need treatment as long as symptoms are improving. If itch/pain persist there are treatments for that. ...Read more

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Hi, I'm on day 8 of a shingles outbreak on C2. Antivirals started immediately. Mild headaches & paresthesia persist for how long?

Hi, I'm on day 8 of a shingles outbreak on C2. Antivirals started immediately. Mild headaches & paresthesia persist for how long?

10-14 days: Symptoms of shingles outbreak may last anywhere between 10 -14 days. The earlier the medical treatment is started the better these get resolved. ...Read more

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I started with shingles, on antiviral 10 days. 3x's i've been sick with head cold, flu, diarrhea while trying to get better from shingles. Help!

Get lots of rest: You are looking at this problem from the wrong point of view. The shingles is the consequence, not the cause of your problem. It is a recurrence of a dormant or sleeping chicken pox virus from way back when that gets activated when your immune system declines - too much stress, too little rest, or busy fighting another infection. You need to allow your body to recover in order to get rid of all. ...Read more

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Shingles. Does rash always burst? Needle like pain, then rash. When broke out started antivirals. Mostly more like pimples than blisters. No fluid?

See a dermatologist: First be sure of the diagnosis. It should be confined to 1 side. Antiviral for 1 week beginning on day 1 or 2 will help somewhat. Doxepin cream 5% (get a 45 gram tube) will relieve the pain better than a narcotic. It will heal in a month-----less if you got the right med in time----but the pain may persist for a long time. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Fine
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Antiviral (Definition)

An antiviral is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills viruses. The viruses are usually causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antivirals to help his body get ...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