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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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Single organism less than 10, 000 isolated. These organisms common on external and internal genitalia considered colonizers. No further testing. Neg?

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

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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.

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

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I'm 25, haven't been stressed or sick, but have shingles, how did this happen?

I'm 25, haven't been stressed or sick, but have shingles, how did this happen?

Herpes zoster: The herpes zoster virus is dormant in your system ever since the chicken pox virus entered your body. Outbreaks of the shingles rash can occur without obvious reason. It is thought, however, that stress weakens the immune system and makes people prone to the outbreak. ...Read more

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

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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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?

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?

Try MIC fish oil: Shingles is the proximate result of HHV 4 infection. The only remedy that tends to have a positive effect is MIC fish oil from MIC International. Have your doctor put you on an appropriate detoxification protocol to get rid of the virus. ...Read more

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Why can't I get a flu or shingles shot while on predezone?

Why can't I get a flu or shingles shot while on predezone?

Immune suppression: . While you are taking the prednisone it suppresses the immune response and you are not likely to have a good result from your immunization. ...Read more

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How can I get shingles?

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

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Can I get shingles again?

It's Rare but Yes: The shingles can recurr, but it is extraordinarily rare. If it does, multiple times, you may have herpes. ...Read more

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Can I exercise with shingles?

Can I exercise with shingles?

Yes!: You can but do not irritate the area with shingles? Too strenuous activity could prolong infection! ...Read more

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What to do if I have shingles?

There is no cure: The condition is not curable, but is treatable. Symptomatic treatment with analgesics, anti-inflammatory is recommended and antiviral drugs as a preventive.
Stay away from people and be patient. The herpes zoster usually clears in 20 days. ...Read more

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Can I have shingles on my butt?

Can I have shingles on my butt?

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

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How to tell if I have shingles?

How to tell if I have shingles?

Belt line: Herpes zoster is shingles and can manifest around the waistline or in the eye area. Do not take it lightly. ...Read more

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I want advice about my shingles?

Herpes Zoster: 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

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How can I tellnif I have shingles?

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

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How can I tell if I have shingles?

How can I tell if I have shingles?

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

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I'm 77 do I need a shingles shot?

I'm 77 do I need a shingles shot?

Unknown: For younger people it cuts the risk in half. Those who get it but then get shingles tend to have less severe symptoms. The effectiveness for a person of 77 is unknown, probably less. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have the shingles?

See a doctor: Shingles typically will follow one nerve, therefore is usually isolated to one part of the body. It usually causes a blistering skin rash with associated itching and/or pain. ...Read more

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How can I make shingles less painful?

How can I make shingles less painful?

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

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How do I soothe the pain from shingles?

How do I soothe the pain from shingles?

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

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Do I go to work just told I have shingles?

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

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Can I get the shingles more than one time?

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

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What can I do to manage my shingles alone?

What can I do to manage my shingles alone?

Tylenol (acetaminophen): Motrin, high pain tolerance. If pain is intense, then see doctor. Get zostavax vacinnation when flare is over, in order to prevent future attacks (you must be 50 years or older. ...Read more

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What should I do to address shingles pain?

A few things: Since shingles affects the nerves, I prefer anesthetics that numb those nerves.

Consider topical lidocaine. It's like topical novacaine (think dental anesthesia)

talk to your doctor more about it. ...Read more

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I think I have a mild case of the shingles?

Thank you: Thank you for letting us know. Usually patients bring us questions to answer. ...Read more

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What can I do to help not get shingles back?

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

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How can I get some relief from shingles pain?

How can I get some relief from shingles pain?

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

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My shingles are gone. Why am I still in pain?

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

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How to tell if I have a mild case of shingles?

How to tell if I have a mild case of shingles?

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

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I wish to know how long does shingles last for?

7-10 days: For the rash to run its course. Longer, if post herpetic neuralgia persists. Phn can last months, sometimes years. ...Read more

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Can I travel if I was just diagnosed w shingles?

Can I travel if I was just diagnosed w shingles?

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

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Hi I think I have shingles and need meds please?

Please send pic: To make a proper diagnosis please send pic of lesions and a description thereof. ...Read more

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Do you think I should workout if I have shingles?

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

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If I have had shingles as a child, can I get it again?

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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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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