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What are the symptoms of shingles on body?

What are the symptoms of shingles on 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


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What parts of the body are affected by shingles?

What parts of the body are affected by shingles?

Shingles: Shingles affects specific nerve roots. Hence they can be seen anywhere - the most common is the thoracic region. They can also affect the Head, eye as well. In the cervical and lumbar rethey will cause a rash and pa9n in the distribution of that nerve level. ...Read more

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Does shingles spread to different parts of your body?

Does shingles spread to different parts of your body?

No: One cannot spread shingles to different parts of his or her own body. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get shingles on both sides of your body?

Is it possible to get shingles on both sides of your body?

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

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Shingles on both side of the body at the same time, what could be wrong?

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

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Is it possible for you to have shingles break out on both sides of the body at the same time?

Is it possible for you to have shingles break out on both sides of the body at the same time?

Yes it is possible: Shingles virus follows a dermatomal pattern and when found on both sides of the body it is many times around the abdomen/chest area or thoracic back area. Another midline bilateral area it can be found is on the face. ...Read more

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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

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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

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What are the sign and symptoms of shingles and is it infectious to your other body parts?

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

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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

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Do shingles always reoccur in the same location or can they reoccur in a different location? (Upper vs lower body)? What triggers reoccurrence?

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

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Could shingles rash spread to other parts of body by touching?

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

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Help plz! Can shingles rash spread to other parts of body by touching?

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

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Does a rash from shingles for sure only stay on one side of the body at a time?

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

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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

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I had a dermatologist tell me he didn't think it was shingles cause my body was not completely covered. Could he be right?

Nope--you misunderst: Shingles almost always follows one single nerve. If your body is completely covered you either have chicken pox or your immune system is so shot you're in the icu. ...Read more

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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.

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

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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

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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

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I am having pinching and tingling in different parts of my body and some nerve ending seem effected, could this be shingles without a rash.?

Possibly: A more likely possibility is diabetic peripheral neuropathy. You need to see a dr. Other possibilities are neurological diseases like ms. You may also be early in the development of the shingles, however, this pain is usually confined to one region of the body. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

Shingles shot: Reaction to antibiotics should not affect you getting the shingles vaccine. They are unrelated. However yes you could be allergic to the shingles vaccine but there is no way to know until you get it. The good news it is only a one time shot so you won't need boosters. ...Read more

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Can shingles manifest on just the lower half of the body (eg: both legs & feet)?

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

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Do shingles spread like poison ivy or is it a rash that moves wherever it chooses on your body?

Do shingles spread like poison ivy or is it a rash that moves wherever it chooses on your body?

No: This is a virus like the chicken pox but affects adults. The sores/rash erupt along the distribution of a specific nerve. It does not spread but others should not come in contact with the sores. ...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.

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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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.

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

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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?

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

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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