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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
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.
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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