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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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Why would shingles occur in a young person?

Why would shingles occur in a young person?

Shingles: While it is uncommon for shingles in a young person it is not unheard of. All you need is to have had chickenpox before. Shingles can present in times of decreased immunity, stress etc.. ...Read more

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Can young adults (early 20's) be diagnosed with shingles?

Can young adults (early 20's) be diagnosed with shingles?

Yes but rare: Depending on the severity of the shingles (zoster) and risk factors, your doctor may decide to investigate for underlying systemic conditions associated with an immunocomprised state. ...Read more

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Could it happen that a healthy young person get shingles?

Could it happen that a healthy young person get shingles?

Zoster n the Young: A healthy young person can get shingles. It is more commonly seen in the elderly or in individuals with immunocompromised patients. The notion that a young healthy person cannot get shingles is false. That ave being said, when shingles is seen in this population, the your doctor will ask you a few questions which will help him or her decide if blood tests are necessary. ...Read more

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How are shingles different than a common rash?

Pain and vesicles: Shingles is characterized by vesicles, which are small fluid filled bubbles on the skin much like you'd see in a cold sore about the mouth. As well, shingles usually hurts a great deal, which most rashes do not - this pain can be debilitating at times. ...Read more

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Is shingles common in a 18 year old boy?

It happens: I've seen it in toddlers as early as 15 months and it is seen throughout life. Though more common in older adults, it is not rare. ...Read more

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How common is it for a 23-month-old to get shingles?

See below: This would be very unlikely. Although, you can get a shingles rash for up to 2 years after receiving the chickenpox vaccine. ...Read more

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My dad has shingles. can my young children catch it?

My dad has shingles. can my young children catch it?

Maybe: Shingles is the emergence of hibernating germs from a past case of chickenpox. It is not as contagious as Cpx, not passing in saliva or a cough, but the germs in the weeping debris could cause Cpx. If your kids have had it or the vaccine, they are immune. Good hand washing and covering the wounds can prevent germ spread. The kids won't get "shingles" from your dad. ...Read more

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Why do we not hear much about shingles if it is so common?

Shingles: Chicken pox is common when young, but the same virus stays dormant for years in the nerve, and when it breaks out, due to age, stress or decreased immune function, it causes severe pain, blisters, and sometimes scarring. The new "shingles" immunization increases a persons ability to keep the virus from breaking out. ...Read more

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I think my 1 year old baby has shingles. Isn't that too young?

It happens/rare: Shingles that young would imply that mother had chickenpox during pregnancy or that the kid had it in the first months of life. There are many blister producing illnesses that might seem to be shingles.If what you see is on both sides of the body, its not shingles. This process emerges in an localized area on one side only. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how common is it for a 23 month old to get shingles?

Can you tell me how common is it for a 23 month old to get shingles?

It happens: I've seen it in toddlers as early as 15 months and it is seen throughout life. Texts report cases possible in infancy if their mother had it in pregnancy, even if the kid never had a recognized outbreak of chickenpox. Though more common in older adults, it is not rare. ...Read more

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Is it possible for shingles not to be in a dorsal area ? How common is it?

Shingles: Yes it can be seen on the dorsum - it follows the distribution of the affected nerve. Cannot comment on how common this is. ...Read more

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I'm 23 and have shingles. Why would i get shinglesoso young? What medicine can I take to get rid of it? I've had this for a month already.

Nothing now: Too late to take anything now, you would need Valtrex (valacyclovir) or similar to be started within 48 hours. Are you sure it is shingles, unusual at 23, also shouldn't last this long even without treatment. Get a second opinion. ...Read more

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I had shingles a month ago on l arm. Felt like someone stabbed my arm. Now the same pain is on r arm but no sign of shingles. Is this common?

I had shingles a month ago on l arm. Felt like someone stabbed my arm. Now the same pain is on r arm but no sign of shingles. Is this common?

Likely not shingles: While it is possible for a person to get shingles more than once, it is quite rare, especially in the wake of the first attack. Your antibody levels to herpes zoster (the virus that causes shingles) are high and should prevent another infection for at least a while. More likely some there is some other cause behind the pain. ...Read more

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What happens if you have shingles, how common is postherpetic neuralgia?

Common: Shingles is latent chicken pox virus that affects a single nerve when it is exacerbated. Even though shingles is common, post herpatic neuralgia is less so. With proper initial treatment the complication can be minimized but not eliminated. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have shingles, how common is postherpetic neuralgia?

I'm just wondering, if you have shingles, how common is postherpetic neuralgia?

Posherpetic neuralgi: Overall, about 20%, but increasing incidence as we age. This is the reason to consider the vaccine. ...Read more

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The doc put me on one week of acyclovir for shingles. Is this common?

Yes: Shingles is a reactivation of the chicken pox virus. Acyclovir is an anti-viral ( not antibacterial) and is a first line agent in decreasing the severity and length of the infection. ...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