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Is there a blood test to determine if you don't need a shingles shot? I am over 65. I was told a blood test would determine if i need one.

Is there a blood test to determine if you don't need a shingles shot?  I am over 65.  I was told a blood test would determine if i need one.

Titer: A varicella titer blood test can help determine how strong your immunity is to the virus that causes chicken pox and herpes zoster (shingles). Most people have low titers by the age of 65 and the shingles vaccine is recommended over the age of 60 to prevent shingles. ...Read more

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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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Could having had shingles in the past affect my herpes 1 & 2 blood test?

Could having had shingles in the past affect my herpes 1 & 2 blood test?

No: Shingles is caused by reactivation of the varicella virus which is also the cause of chicken pox. It is a totally different virus than herpes simplex virus and should not affect your herpes simplex virus antibody levels. ...Read more

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In horrible pain. is it possible to have shingles w/o rash on both sides of body? Dr says no. Skin numb/piainful. Hurts to move. Want blood test.

In horrible pain. is it possible to have shingles w/o rash on both sides of body? Dr says no. Skin numb/piainful. Hurts to move. Want blood test.

Get checked up: Shingles causes a painful rash which may appear as a stripe of blisters on the trunk of the body. It is possible for pain to persist even after the rash is gone. This is called postherpetic neuralgia. But more of a history and exam are needed. A full work up with blood tests is a good idea. I suggest going to a clinic to get examined. ...Read more

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Please explain what does p s a mean in a tumor marker blood test?

Please explain what does p s a mean in a tumor marker blood test?

Test for prostate ca: PSA is a blood tumor marker for prostate cancer but can be elevated in prostatitis, a benign inflammation of the prostate. It is especially helpful in screening men for early prostate cancer and In following the effectiveness of therapy. There is controversy in recent years in whether elderly males should be screened or not as prostate cancer can be slowly progressive without treatment . ...Read more

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I was wondering what does "p s a" mean in a tumor marker blood test?

PSA: Psa is an acronym for prostate specific antigen. A very high level of this marker in the blood could be indicative of prostate cancer, however there has been much debate recently as to how good a screening test it is. Higher than normal psa levels can be caused by benign growths. ...Read more

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My son 's blood test result was all normal e xcept for neutrophilis it was law 38.5 0/0 . Is it ok?

My son 's blood test result  was all normal e xcept  for neutrophilis it was law  38.5 0/0 . Is it  ok?

Sounds : Like he had a viral illness rather than bacterial since neutrophil is low. If above normal, it gives you a bacterial picture. If still sick , consult with your physician ...Read more

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DHEA S blood test was 156. Is this a normal/average test result for 42 yr. old female otherwise healthy?

DHEA S blood test was 156. Is this a normal/average test result for 42 yr. old female otherwise healthy?

Clinical Context: It is important to interpret test results knowing what unit of measurements are being used. Before commenting whether or not a test is normal the doctor should know the clinical context ---Who, when and why was the particular test ordered. Without knowing that info then isolated numbers are less useful. Based on the limited info here this number is in the normal reference range. ...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