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Doctor insights on: Are Shingles Common In Young People

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is 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?

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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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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