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Can Shingles Affect Internal Organs
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
Got tested for HSV 1 & 2 blood test came back negative. Could these blisters I get on my inner thighs be shingles? They resemble HSV blisters, burn and itch a lot any help would be greatly appreciated.
See a dermatologist.: If you want a diagnosis. Cultures and biopsy may be required. ...Read more
I have shingles on left side of my head and neck. Can that cause inner ear pain or throat pain on left side of throat?
Yes: The shingles can cause blisters on the ear drum, swelling of your lymph nodes and pain. ...Read more
Single organism less than 10, 000 isolated. These organisms common on external and internal genitalia considered colonizers. No further testing. Neg?
Negative.: This is generally considered colonization or contamination (would need full report), unless there are very specific organisms are present. Treatment is not recommended, because the side effects of the antibiotics could outweigh the risk of treating colonization or contamination. Also, excessive antibiotic use could lead to antibiotic resistance in the future, should you get an infection. ...Read more
I gave shingles again! I had them in january 2014 and now march 2014. Is this normal? This second time is bad! The first round wasn't as bad.
Can get shingles mor: It is possible to get shingles more than once. If you were in a lot of pain you might want to talk to your doctor about taking no neurontin, (gabapentin) adrug that might help with the pain. When you get to be older you should also consider getting the shingles vaccine which is 50 percent effective. ...Read more
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
Hi I have shingles on my left side of the neck. Was wondering if I can cover them with a white non sticky bandage so I don't spread it?
Herpes zoster: Shingles, also called herpes or varicella zoster, occurs when the v. Zoster virus is reactivated after being dormant within nerve roots since a previous episode of chickenpox. Shingles occurs mainly in people over age 50 and in people with immunosuppressed states that allow the virus to "wake up". ...Read more
Shingles pain: Yes. Shingles is a painful nerve and skin condition caused by the virus herpes zoster and occurs in a dermatomal pattern. Usually there are several lessons. Shingles pain can be quite severe and some people will develop phn (post-herpetic neuralgia) a long-term version of shingles pain. There are some treatments that really help and it's important to see your pcp to diagnose and treat shingle. ...Read more
It has been estimated that approximately 10-20% of the population will develop shingles (hz) during their lifetime. Individuals over 50 are particularly susceptible because of reduced cell-mediated immunity. However, any patient with immunosuppression due to radiation therapy, malignancy or cytotoxic drugs has an increased susceptibility to hz.
Symptomatic treatment with analgesics is recommended. ...Read more
Medical Eval: Shingles can cause fairly dramatic pain which is followed within a few days by a rash. It usually appears in a particular location on one side of the body. The rash burns intensely, itches ; is made up blisters that open up ; crust over. A person could also have a fever, chills, headache and generalized aches ; pains with fatigue. ...Read more
Tiny blisters/1 side: Shingles is reactivation of the chicken pox virus, that emerges from hiding in a nerve, long after original infection. Classically, very painful small blisters are confined to one side of the body, and clustered together. Usually diagnosed by physical exam, the blood test is only required if the presentation is not obvious, or infection is severe enough to require antiviral treatment. ...Read more
See a dermatologist: Zostrix (capsaicin) is a nonprescription cream for shingles pain, but be aware that it may make pain worse before decreasing it. If you're not allergic to aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen, you can try one of those. Your doctor can prescribe stronger pain meds or other drugs like Gabapentin or amitriptyline. ...Read more
Yes.: Zostrix (capsaicin) is a nonprescription cream for shingles pain, but be aware that it may make pain worse before decreasing it. If you're not allergic to aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen, you can try one of those. Your doctor can prescribe stronger pain meds or other drugs like Gabapentin or amitriptyline. ...Read more
You may: Shingles is a disease that you should take "contact precautions", if it affects a part of your body that will not come into contact with anyone (as your chest or back), you may go to work. I suggest that you wear 2 layers of clothing so no one will contact the lesions. If you work with young children, or elderly people, then I would wait for the lesions crust over before returning to work. ...Read more
Shingles usually 1 X: Shingles occur a second time in a second place less than 4% of the time. Shingles are a reactivation of the chicken pox virus that can remain dormant after you've been exposed to chicken pox, many years later. When the body's immune system becomes stressed and can't fight off the virus's attempt to reactivate, the virus spreads from the spinal ganglion along the nerve pathway to the skin. ...Read more
ZOSTAVAX: Zostavax is a vaccine used for adults 50 years of age or older to prevent shingles (also known as zoster). It is not 100% effective, but can certainly provide some improved chances of "not getting shingles back.". ...Read more
Medication, accupunct: Shingles pain after the acute incident can transition into post-herpetic neuralgia. It is a very painful condition. Typical pain killers may help somewhat, but nerve calming meds may be. More effective. Lyrica, (pregabalin) Cymbalta are exmples. Acupuncture may also help. Topical application of Lidocaine is also an option. Treating it early and aggressively is best. You should see a doctor. ...Read more
Pain after lesions: You can continue to have pain after skin lesions of the shingles disappear. If this burning pain persists, it may mean you have post herpetic neuralgia... Few people develop this condition after shingles and it is very difficult. I hope your pain goes away soon. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more
Look for a rash: Initially, shingles only produces pain. However, within a few days of the onset of pain, you should see a red rash with blisters that is confined to one side of the body in a stripe. If you don't see a rash, you probably don't have shingles. ...Read more
Yes. But: Keep in mind that your shedding a pretty contagious virus. You should have no contact with pregnant women or anyone immunocompromised. Anyone on steroids (oral. For copd) should be avoided as well. Patients with hiv, any solid organ transplant patient or the elderly should also be avoided. These groups are prone to infection. ...Read more
Depends: A person with shingles can spread the disease when the rash is in the blister-phase. Once the rash has developed crusts, the person is no longer contagious. Http://www. Health. Ny.gov/diseases/communicable/shingles/fact_sheet. Htm. ...Read more
Yes: The zoster virus hibernates in nerve nodes after the initial chickenpox infection. Antibodies you develop to the virus are thought to keep it in check as long as they circulate at a high enough levels. If your immunity (antibody level) wanes, the virus can travel to the skin as zoster. That emergence will trigger more antibody formation, but they may decline over time so it could happen again. ...Read more
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