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Can Shingles Appear Anywhere On The Body
Shingles symptoms: Shingles often starts out as a patch of skin with a burning sensation followed a few days later by vesicles (small blisters) which eventually burst & scab over (just like chickenpox). Some pain may be present during the vesicle phase but more likely to appear in the healing phase. So best to get treatment early to prevent "post-herpetic neuralgia". Face/ear/eye warrant doc visit at once. ...Read more
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
No: One cannot spread shingles to different parts of his or her own body. ...Read more
Not likely.: Shingles is nearly always limited to one side of the body. In a person with an abnormal immune system the disease could be disseminated. ...Read more
Shingles: Shingles in more than one are of the body can just be "dumb luck" or it can be the sign of a problem with the immune system. Only your doctor can answer that question for sure. You need to be examined. ...Read more
I developed shingles 7 years ago. But after shingles I lost feeling in areas in my body. I had three rows down my back. What can I do to reverse it?
May still reverse: Unsure, different people have different reactions, some pain/tingling for years, some resolve on own, there is gabapentin, and maybe amitryptiline try one at a time or both, but have side effects [sedation/weight gain] but if annoying may help. See neurologist fr further tests and treatment, ...Read more
Just had shingles shot. Never had shingles. How long does it take to have its maximum positive effect in the body-immediate response, weeks or months?
Probably a few weeks: The shingles shot which is 50 percent effective, will probably be somewhat effective within the next few weeks. If you do end up getting shingles after the shot it will usually be a mild case. No one knows how long the shingles shot is effective for. ...Read more
Is it possible to be into 3rd week of having shingles, and have shingles occur on opposite side of body in a different location from the first outbrea?
Yes: Get to a doctor and get treatment to prevent further outbreaks and to treat the current one ...Read more
Pain/lesions pattern: Shingles is extremely painful with lesions or rash in a nerve root distribution. The patient had chicken pox before, and the virus sits in the dorsal horn of the spinal column. People who are sleep deprived, under stress, immunocompromised are at risk. One needs to see the doctor for treatment to minimize the pain and to heal more quickly with steroid course. ...Read more
Ok I'm a roofer and I have some knots on my body. Do u think it's from the fiberglass from the shingles?
Fiberglass: These fibers can induce allergic reactions on the surface of the skin. If they are embedded below the surface they can initiate chronic inflammation that could conceivably result in the types of lesions you are describing, but these would usually be red, itching and very uncomfortable. My advice would be to let a doctor examine these. There are several other possibilities and you need to be seen. ...Read more
Do shingles always reoccur in the same location or can they reoccur in a different location? (Upper vs lower body)? What triggers reoccurrence?
Herpes zoster...: ... (shingles) usually doesn't recur. A second episode doesn't mean anything special, but 3rd or more can indicate an immune system disorder. Recurrences can be either in the same place or elsewhere. Not all shingles-like rashes are shingles. Recurrent herpes simplex, for example, can mimic shingles if facial, genital, buttock, etc. See a doctor ASAP to confirm the diagnosis and get treated. ...Read more
No: You could transmit chicken pox to someone who has never had it, but you cannot transmit shingles to anyone else or spread it in your body. ...Read more
No: Shingles is confined to the nerve distribution of whatever nerve is infected (we call these 'dermatomes'). So the rash will spread out as a band only on one side (L or R) of the body. It may take a couple days to fully spread out and become red, blistery & painful. Hopefully seeing a doc before that happens could limit or prevent that. I've shut down 2 cases where the pt came in just before rash. ...Read more
Usually: Shingles is reactivated chickenpox virus. You don't catch it some other person. It is from the chicken virus that infected you years ago when you were just a whippersnapper. For some reason it seems to confine itself to only one dermatome. I always find it truly awesome (not Valley-speak awesome) to trace the distribution of an outbreak on a person's skin and the textbook dermatome map. ...Read more
Can you develop shingles inside your body without showing a rash externally? If so what are the symptoms?
Internal shingles: Hello. Yes you can. Shingles on the internal organs can cause flu-like symptoms as headaches, chills, body aches, nausea and fever. Internal shingles however are rare More advanced signs include painful swelling of the lymph nodes and mouth blisters. Brain swelling is rare. ...Read more
I had a dermatologist tell me he didn't think it was shingles cause my body was not completely covered. Could he be right?
I was diagnosed with shingles for weeks ago and I still have the rash on my body and it's still pain full. What can I do to get comfortable.
See your doctor:
I suspect you probably have developed a post herpetic neuralgia. The virus damages the neves in the area and you can have severe pain for months.
Usually the acute phase of the rash is like little blisters in clusters. If you still have blisters or are still breaking out you need to be seen soon.
There are quite a few medications that may help. ...Read more
Is there a way to completely eradicate (or severely neuter) the shingles virus from a body? I have a lot if chronic (4 years) pain associated with it
It can be reduced: No but the frequency of shingles can significantly be reduced: Zostavax was 64% effective for those age 60-69 years, 41% effective for those ages 70-79 years and 18% effective for those age 80 years or older. In short, the odds are in your favor that it should be helpful for you so get the vaccine at your next available opportunity. ...Read more
I got shingles on both sides of my body from the waist down front and back. I am still dealing with numbness, tingling waist down a year later. Help?
Sorry some meds help: It sounds like you have a condition called post-herpetic neuralgia - the nerves where the shingles hid are still sensitive. It can continue to do so in some people up to 2 years from the incident. There are several meds in the market for it - check with your doc - they are designed to decrease firing of these nerves. They do eventually go back to normal. ...Read more
I have vestibular neuritis, I read it can be caused by shingles, herpes, does it mean I have herpes inside my body? If so how can I treat it?
Vestibular neuritis: Vestibular neuritis is usually caused by a viral infection. There are many viral infections that can cause these symptoms. One of the virus families that cause the neuritis is of the herpes family. Once you are infected with a Herpes virus in remains in your body for life and gets reactivated sometimes. There is no treatment to eradicate the virus. Treatment with an antiviral agent may help. ...Read more
I have some type of a rash and its on my left side of my body. I thought they were hives but I have had them 3x's with breakouts. Shingles?
Not enough info.: It is hard to say. Rashes are such a visual thing, that it is important to get into a physician, more specifically a dermatologist, for an exam and more thorough history. The fact that is only on one side speaks to the fact it could be shingles, but to have it recur 3 separate times is quite unusual. Hives can occur randomly so this cannot be ruled out either. See a derm to answer your question. ...Read more
I have the shingles virus; but it hasn't been active in several years. I know have frozen shoulder on the same side of my body. Could it be related?
Unlikely: Shingles remains dormant in the nerves not the joint, and it reactivates in the skin. Don't think the two are related. ...Read more
I'm 27 and was diagnosed with chicken pox but I think it's shingles since it's only on one side of my body. Which could it be?
Shingles it is: You are right shingles is usually one sided and segmental in nature. ...Read more
I took Keflex and had hives all over my body, was told not to use Penicillin or Sporin dugs. Hives again from Neosporin, Can I take the Shingles Shot?
Yes..: Shingles can manifest on any part of the body around a specific skin region we name dermatome, which usually forms like a map like area where the virus sits and shows symptoms of pain (usually burning type), itching, and rash in a cluster distribution. You can look at the dermatome chart at http://www. Apparelyzed. Com/dermatome. Html. ...Read more
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
Two days ago I was vaccinated for flu, shingles, and tetanus. Tonight & last night I experienced mild fever & body aches, but only in the evening.
Immune system: Three vaccines at one time are a significant stimulus to the immune system. That's exactly what you want - to train the immune system to fend off any attack from these germs. A little bit of fever and body ache could be expected. If symptoms are not improving now, or God forbid worsening, you'll need to let the doc who gave the shots know that. You could take some Tylenol in the meantime. ...Read more
I have inward shingles for the second time on the right side of my body with blisters on the inside only according to my south african dr. Treatment?
Shingles: Never heard of "inward shingles". You may not have been given the correct diagnosis. ...Read more
Partner has shingles. Now I have throbbing headache, electric shock feeling in whole body when I move, feverish for 1 week. What could it be?
See U PCP: For evaluation and work up.Get a more detailed answer ›
I had the shingles shot in sept this year, followed by the flu shot in oct. In mid nov I devoloped an itchy body rash that blistered over. Why?
? strress: From the shots. See your doctor who gave them. Many people, even some doctors, do not realize how stressful a vaccinaion is. We dose them out as though there were no side effects to be expected. ...Read more
Shortly after shingles on my face I got a number of body wide MS like symptoms. I had a normal brain MRI. Could post shingles cause MS like symptoms?
Can shingles cause loss of sight, tingling all over the body, fever, sweat/heat with every swift movement. I have been seeing these rash for 5 years.
See you doctor: Your symptoms are too complex for this forum to help you. See your doctor. ...Read more
I have shingles on the middle of my back to the mid stomache on the left side of my body. Have had the rash for 4 days. Very painful with muscle cramp?
Sorry to hear that.: I am not sure what your question is. Please consider resubmitting with a clear & specific question. ...Read more
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