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Can shingles reoccur?

Can shingles reoccur?

Yes: A person can have shingles more than once. His primary care doctor can evaluate to see if there is a weakness in his immune system (or just bad luck, older age, or other bodily stressors) that allowed him to have the first case of shingles. The doctor can give some advice on whether or not the patient should get the shingles vaccine to help prevent a recurrence of shingles. ...Read more

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is 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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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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Would shingles vaccine help prevent recurrence of bell's palsy? I've had bell's twice already. I'm healthy 45 yr old male.

Would shingles vaccine help prevent recurrence of bell's palsy? I've had bell's twice already. I'm healthy 45 yr old male.

Not likely: While shingles virus can cause facial paralysis and serious problems in the face and eyes, most cases of bell's palsy are not due to the shingles virus. You should discuss the reasons for the shingles vaccine with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is shingles?

What is shingles?

Herpes zoster: Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) is an infection caused by the chicken pox virus. Those who had chicken pox previously recovered from the disease, but never got rid of the virus where it was dormant until the shingles outbreak. Treatments (and a vaccine) are available; see your doctor for more information. ...Read more

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What is shingles?

What is shingles?

Rash: Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes the chicken pox. The virus remains inactive in your body and becomes active again years later. The patient has pain/tingling/burning in a very specific area on one half of the body (dermatome-see picture). A rash appears in the same area. Someone with these symptoms should see their physician right away to get started on treatment. ...Read more

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What is shingles?

What is shingles?

Herpes zoster: Shingles (herpes zoster) is reactivation of the varicella zoster (chickenpox virus), which lives in your nerve cells after you've had chickenpox. It causes painful blisters on a red rash that occur in a linear band on one side of the body. Early treatment speeds recovery. ...Read more

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What is shingles?

Herpes Zoster : Infection of the nerve and skin usually as a reactivation of the chicken pox virus. ...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