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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


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Can you get shingles on your buttocks, closest to your other cheek?

Can you get shingles on your buttocks, closest to your other cheek?

Not the usual site: If you have been DX'd with shingles, it might have spread to such a place, but that is not the usual starting site and not usual even then. See a Dr for such a DX - other rash issues can often be treated well. If they finf that you do have shingles, there is treatment but it's best to get it early. So have an exam. Best! ...Read more

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I started with shingles, on antiviral 10 days. 3x's I've been sick with head cold, flu, diarrhea while trying to get better from shingles. Help!

I started with shingles, on antiviral 10 days. 3x's I've been sick with head cold, flu, diarrhea while trying to get better from shingles. Help!

Get lots of rest: You are looking at this problem from the wrong point of view. The shingles is the consequence, not the cause of your problem. It is a recurrence of a dormant or sleeping chicken pox virus from way back when that gets activated when your immune system declines - too much stress, too little rest, or busy fighting another infection. You need to allow your body to recover in order to get rid of all. ...Read more

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Bad shingles in feb. Still have discomfort base of head, left ear. Can i, should i, get a shingles vaccine shot at this time?

Bad shingles in feb. Still have discomfort base of head, left ear. Can i, should i, get a shingles vaccine shot at this time?

Yes it's ok....: ...From my experience as a specialist. Just as long as the current shingles has resolved, if it's the residual discomfort left, there shouldn't be a reason to delay giving the vaccine. ...Read more

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Have Shingles Feb. Been getting sores in my head, face, mouth, pubic area, am on Valtrex (valacyclovir) rashes are itchy causing pain how do I get rid of shingles?

Have Shingles Feb. Been getting sores in my head, face, mouth, pubic area, am on Valtrex (valacyclovir) rashes are itchy causing pain how do I get rid of shingles?

Change antiviral?: You cannot get rid of the virus that causes chicken pox and also shingles - varicella zoster. Would be odd, but not impossible, to have shingles on face and pubic area. May be another virus. Liquid from oozing lesions can be tested to see what virus it is. ...Read more

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Help! I have burning cheek shingles?

HERPES ZOSTER: 1. Varacella zoster-chicken pox
2. 11. Treatment with antivirals and tca initially
a. Reduces incidents of post herpetic neuralgia
3. Initial symptoms include nonspecific (malaise, fever, headache)
4. Develops to mild to severe sharp, stabbing, shooting, throbbing
5.Sometimes burning, itching, pins ; needles
6.Skin lesions, rash follow but not in all cases and is unilateral
7.Rarely recur. ...Read more

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I have sharp stabbing pain in my right top butt cheek. I get them when sitting standing or lying down. What could it be and how do I stop them?

I have sharp stabbing pain in my right top butt cheek. I get them when sitting standing or lying down. What could it be and how do I stop them?

Sciatic nerve: It's sounds like what you are describing could be sciatic nerve pain, or sharp muscle spasm pains. If it's radiating down it points more to sciatica. If it stays local, probably muscular. Even if it's sciatic, the nerve passes btwn muscles and if they spasm they clamp down and can irritate the nerve. Go see a sports massage therapist or even an acupuncturist a few times to release the tension. ...Read more

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Why do I get so many rashes and acnes on my butt cheek?

Why do I get so many rashes and acnes on my butt cheek?

Irritants?: You are still young enough to have acne flares but frequent rashes makes me think of external irritants. Wash all your underwear/pants in sensitive skin laundry products. Use a body wash destined for acne. Always apply a light layer of eczema cream to the skin after bathing. If you sweat a lot spray and antiperspirant (not deodorant) on the skin in the morning and wash off at end of day. ...Read more

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Why did I get a wart on my butt cheek and how do I treat it?

Why did I get a wart on my butt cheek and how do I treat it?

Wart: Common warts are caused by a virus and are transmitted by touch. Children and young adults are more likely to develop common warts, as are people who have weakened immune systems. Common warts usually disappear on their own. You can get rid of it by freezing it off using liquid nitrogen or a minor surgery. ...Read more

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I get an area of itchy not painfull rash only on butt cheek that appears every other month. Rash come out exactly on the same place. Is it herpes?

I get an area of itchy not painfull rash only on butt cheek that appears every other month. Rash come out exactly on the same place. Is it herpes?

Itchy rash: Yes, it in fact could be a form of herpes virus. The best way to find out for sure it to go to your pcp or a dermatologist the next time it appears, so we can help you obtain a diagnosis. Then, you may be able to get some help to prevent recurrences or otherwise treat your condition. ...Read more

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For bursitis under the shoulder blade do I need to a cortisone shot in my shoulder blade or could I get the shot in my butt cheek?

For bursitis under the shoulder blade do I need to a cortisone shot in my shoulder blade or could I get the shot in my butt cheek?

In the space under..: ....Scapula, into the bursa. The steroid is then concentrated in the bursa ; has the best effect without systemic steroids, which u would get with an im injection. ...Read more

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I have a huge zit on my butt cheek and have to go to a pool party tomorrow. I put toothpaste on it overnight and it helped. How can I get rid of it ASAP?

I have a huge zit on my butt cheek and have to go to a pool party tomorrow. I put toothpaste on it overnight and it helped. How can I get rid of it ASAP?

Last minute cosmetic: I would put 1% hydrocortisone on it tonight to take some of the redness out. Find a good concealer for tomorrow to minimize its appearance. No picking! Have fun at your party! ...Read more

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When I get my depo shot it's usually in my left arm, but why does the doctor sometimes put it in my left butt cheek?

When I get my depo shot it's usually in my left arm, but why does the doctor sometimes put it in my left butt cheek?

Depo provera (medroxyprogesterone): Depo provera (medroxyprogesterone) shot can be given in either the arm or the buttock. Rotating location is never a bad idea as you could develop a lump at the injection site. ...Read more

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Want second opinion on shingles diagnosis. Large red bump on back of neck appeared 48-72 hours ago. Related bumps on cheek too?

Want second opinion on shingles diagnosis. Large red bump on back of neck appeared 48-72 hours ago. Related bumps on cheek too?

See MD: Shingles has very characteristic appearance. You'll have to see another doc for a second opinion since we can't see the problem here on HealthTap. ...Read more

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My aunt has shingles and she kissed me on the cheek today. I have never had chicken pox, is there a risk for infection?

My aunt has shingles and she kissed me on the cheek today. I have never had chicken pox, is there a risk for infection?

Depends: Shingles differs from actual chickenpox.Since the infectious material is only in the debris from the site, it is easier to limit exposure. Primary Cpx can be airborne & spread by a cough or in saliva but shingles is not, so your kiss did not expose you. If you had any contact with site debris & then touched your face/mouth you were. ...Read more

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Recurring rash on L button cheek. Preceded with severe back pain. Aprox 4 times a year. A biopsy determined that it is not shingles or cancer.?

Recurring rash on L button cheek. Preceded with severe back pain. Aprox 4 times a year. A biopsy determined that it is not shingles or cancer.?

Allergic reaction?: It may represent an allergic reaction to a medication, clothing or something else in your daily life that you apply to the same aeea every 4 minths. Check your habits or get a second opinion on dx ...Read more

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My fri has shingles on her eye- forehead cheek and lips-she is on antibiotic and Velptex it is been 2 weeks - anything she can take naturally to help?

Ice for pain: Ice or a cool compresses decrease the pain of shingles. Ice can be applied at least 15-30 minutes continuously every hour. This has helped my patients with shingles find relief at bedtime, so they can get the rest they need to recover from this systemic condition. I hope this helps your friend! ...Read more

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Can a genital herpes outbreak take the form of shingles on the cheek? The first outbreak years ago was bc of HSV 1, no test done this time.

Can a genital herpes outbreak take the form of shingles on the cheek? The first outbreak years ago was bc of HSV 1, no test done this time.

Different viruses: The cause of shingles is the varicella-zoster virus. You first get chicken pox, the virus then sets up residence in the nerves in your body and comes out later in life as shingles, generally in a single nerve root distribution. It only involves one side. Genital herpes can occur with hsv 1 or 2, although more commonly type 2. ...Read more

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My daughter needs the chicken pox vaccine & 1 week ago a friend gave her kiss on cheek but he now knows his rash is shingles. Was she exposed?

Herpes Zoster: Herpers zoster (shingles) is the re-eruption of the chickenpox virus and is contagious primarily by physical contact with the blistery rash (linear streak on one side of the body)
. If there was no direct contact with the rash the chance of illness is not zero but is very, very unlikely. This exposure is not a reason to delay immunization for the varicella vaccine. ...Read more

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1 week into having shingles. Rash only 7 spots bottom cheek and starting to fade. Throat now inflamed and neck glands swollen. Is this still shingles?

Pharyngitis: You're describing a pharyngitis which is unrelated to shingles. I wonder "why" at your young age you're under attack from shingles followed by a nasty throat infection. I hope u can get yourself checked to find out "why" this happened to u. There could be something wrong with your immune system or you're under way too much stress. Hope u feel better soon! ...Read more

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Doc diagnosed herpes (shingles) (red rashes on right scalp, cheek & neck with fever) but prescribed amoxicillin+clavulanate combi. Is this any good?

Doc diagnosed herpes (shingles) (red rashes on right scalp, cheek & neck with fever) but prescribed amoxicillin+clavulanate combi. Is this any good?

Viral infection: The medication you've bee prescribed is Not a customary treatment for herpes zoster infection. I generally prescribe Valtrex™ Or similar. Your treating MD may be treating you for a bacterial infection you've been diagnosed. Check with your doctor to have a clarification, or seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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How concerning is shingles in the head?

It is concerning: Due to a possibility of a common form of cutaneous neuropathic pain that is associated with herpes zoster infection. It has been estimated that approximately 10-20% of the population will develop HZ during their lifetime. Individuals over 50 are particularly susceptible because of reduced cell-mediated immunity. ...Read more

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I have shingles on my head. I ama server. I cant really cover my head. Is is safe to return to work? Thank you

I have shingles on my head. I ama server. I cant really cover my head. Is is safe to return to work? Thank you

Shingles: Covering will help but it could still be touched and passed that way. I would not take a chance. You could be serving someone who is not immune to varicella or immune compromised. Be safe! ...Read more

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I have had shingles on my neck and head in the past 6 months. I am now experiencing pain in the front/side of my neck. Could this be shingles again?

I have had shingles on my neck and head in the past 6 months. I am now experiencing pain in the front/side of my neck. Could this be shingles again?

Possible but rare: In most individuals, the patient’s immune system is able to maintain the virus in a dormant state. But should a patient’s
immune system become suppressed, reactivation of the latent hz virus in sensory ganglia may occur. The possibility of recurrence is low and antiviral medication can help shorten the duration of the virus and ameliorate the pain. ...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