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Can staph infections trigger shingles or vice versa?

Can staph infections trigger shingles or vice versa?

Chicken or the egg: Shingles is a viral condition that travels down a nerve and causes severe pain along the nerve root path. Staph is a bacterial infection that grows anywhere. The immune system becomes weakened as it fights both infections allowing other secondary infections and concerns. Treat both asap to prevent further complications. ...Read more

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Dr. James Chapman
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Are staph infections and shingles related?

Are staph infections and shingles related?

No: Shingles is caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster virus), which is an entirely different organism from staphylococcus aureus, which is a bacteria. However, shingles lesions can get superinfected, and the most common cause for this is staph. Aureus. ...Read more

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29 year old female with reocurring shingles or staph infection can't tell which they look a lot alike. What would cause them to reocurr for 8 years?

29 year old female with reocurring shingles or staph infection can't tell which they look a lot alike. What would cause them to reocurr for 8 years?

Get seen: This is the 21st century and even in our dysfunctional health care system, you have a right to know which of these two very different illnesses you have -- or whether it's something else entirely. Recurring staph is a danger to life; recurring shingles to long-term health. ...Read more

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Do staph infections ever go away?

Of course: If they are treated appropriately staph aureus infections are curable. But this depends in part on the type of infection (they cause almost anything) and the manner of therapy and the attempts to eradicate the carriage state. See an infectious diseases expert. ...Read more

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What symptoms are typically associated with staph infections?

What symptoms are typically associated with staph infections?

Symptoms: Redness, swelling and heat. There may be papules or streaks extending from a central area of reddness. ...Read more

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What does staph infection look like?

What does staph infection look like?

Many shapes: Skin infections with staph can take many shapes. It could be flat redness or a pus filled boil or just a red bump. ...Read more

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


Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

Staphylococcal infection is a bacterial infection that can cause disease in many parts of the body. Staph infections ...Read more