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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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My 14 year old son has developed a shingles rash today. He has been to the doctor, but no antiviral drugs have been prescribed. Should we go back?

Yes: There is a medicine that helps treat shingles (more than one, actually), but it is only effective if started within the first few days of the rash. ...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: Probably not a drug side effect. You don't say where your singles rash is. If the face, and especially if near the ear, you may have 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. ...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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I'm taking an antiviral for shingles will it effect my birth control?

I'm 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?

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

Shingles: The Rash: The real answer to your question is that it can vary. It all depends on how effective the anti-virals are, how soon you got on them and this is tempered by how quickly or aggressive the rash is.

Shingles are very easy to diagnose, but many of my patients think they are something else until I see them and teach them about this painful exacerbation of the chicken pox virus in one's nerves. ...Read more

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Should I start antiviral for shingles? I had a blister on my lip 2 days ago now have an earache + rash on right side of face but lip blister dried up

Should I start antiviral for shingles? I had a blister on my lip 2 days ago now have an earache + rash on right side of face but lip blister dried up

UnlikelyShinglesBut?: Blister on the lip which healed in 2 days is unlikely to be Shingles. What kind of rash you have on right side of face is more important. Does it looks like multiple blisters Is the rash painful. I suggest have your doctor look at it& get he proper diagnosis, as you do need a prescription for AntiViral Antibiotics, &may need follow up as the neuralgia it causes can be very painful&need to be addressed ...Read more

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Dr. Sees shingles of the eye/nose & worries (but does not investigate) fungal infection of the throat & nose. Treats with antiviral + antibiotics. Ok?

Dr. Sees shingles of the eye/nose & worries (but does not investigate) fungal infection of the throat & nose. Treats with antiviral + antibiotics. Ok?

Shingles: Near the eyes - I usually suggest seeing an eye doctor as well. Anttivirals will help reduce the shingles. If he also put you on antifungals that is fine. Homeopathic rhus tox can help with the shingles as well. And you will also find value in seeing a chinese medicine practitioner to help balance your overall system. ...Read more

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How to take care of pus created by herpes zoster? Is it okay to take antiobiotic together with antiviral?

Yes but u need: To call your doc to see if your doc thinks they are secondarily infected or not which they may or may not be, please call your doc. ...Read more

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Will giving antiviral agent like valacyclovir later than 72 hours upon start of herpes zoster still be effective?

Will giving antiviral agent like valacyclovir later than 72 hours upon start of herpes zoster still be effective?

Not usually: Herpes infections can be treated with antivirals such as Acyclovir and valcyclovir, but to really have an impact need to be started within 72 hours. Any later and the symptoms are really not effected much at all. ...Read more

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I have herpes zoster, are blisters turning into a pus considered as getting better? I took antiviral and other medicines

Depends: A tiny amount of grayish drainage as the blisters rupture and dry is normal. If there is a bed of puss or increasing redness around the original blisters there can be a problem. Zoster lesions can become secondarily infected with various germs including strep and staph. The most worrisome can cause a rapidly moving cellulitis while some can carry MRSA staph. ...Read more

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I have herpes zoster, the doctor gave me the antiviral, and other medicines, what are the signs of the blisters and the rashes are getting better?

I have herpes zoster, the doctor gave me the antiviral, and other medicines, what are the signs of the blisters and the rashes are getting better?

A week to 10 days: The rash should be completely dry in 7 to 10 days. If persists or new vessicles appear then it would be concerning. Sometimes they can start looking worse before they better. ...Read more

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Drs confirm im on my 2nd wk of shingles and gave me 1 wk of antivirals. How soon after I can try to get pregnant?

Drs confirm im on my 2nd wk of shingles and gave me 1 wk of antivirals. How soon after I can try to get pregnant?

Better wait: Until the active disease disappears, in theory you should be fine after that when you try for pregnancy, please follow up closely with your obstetrician, good luck ...Read more

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What medications treat shingles?

What medications treat shingles?

Steroids, zovrax: Shingles is from activation of dorsal horn varicella zoster. To treat
the patient needs rest and a course of an antiviral medication at the
highest dose permitted by weight of patient. An oral dose of steroids, such as a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack for six days, will decrease inflammation.
It is good to recommend an immunization for people 50 or older who had chicken pox to avoid the disability from shingles. ...Read more

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I have shingles. Taking medication for the pain. How long does pain last?

Variable time course: Hopefully your pcp started you on a medication like neurontin, Lyrica (pregabalin) or Cymbalta which actually work on decreasing the abnormal discharge of the damaged nerves. This medication should be gently adjusted upwards until it controls your pain. Then you will have to stay on this medication for a while to make sure it does not come back. Pain pills alone will not be very effective ...Read more

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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