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Is it possible to get shingles on your butt several times in the same area?

Is it possible to get shingles on your butt several times in the same area?

Yes: Shingles is a reactivation of the same virus that causes chicken pox. It typically occurs in the same dermatomal distribution of the body, so to answer your question, yes, it can re-occur in the same area.

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 my husband get shingles by sleeping in the same bed?

Can my husband get shingles by sleeping in the same bed?

Probably not: If your husband has ever had chickenpox or been vaccinated against chickenpox, he doesn't need to worry. If for some reason he's not already immune to chickenpox, then he's at risk by just being around you, regardless of whether he sleeps in your bed.

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Can you get shingles on both sides of your buttocks at the same time?

Can you get shingles on both sides of your buttocks at the same time?

Absolutely, but very: Rare. Shingles is essentially always expressed along distribution of peripheral nerve fibers, dermatomes, on one side. It is extremely rare (reasons unknown) to express on both sides, in the same or very similar distribution. If the distribution does not follow dermatome pattern, then also very inconsistent with Shingles. Thus what you are concerned about is unlikely to be Shingles.

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Can I /should I get the flu & shingles vaccines on the same day?

Can I /should I get the flu & shingles vaccines on the same day?

Vaccines: There are no contraindications to receiving these two vaccines at the same time, usually they are not given next to each other. That is in different locations, separate arms. No worries!

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Had shingles three months ago, can I get it again, feeling so tired and fatigued, not able to get energy to do anything, and have the same bad headach?

Rethink everything: No, you will not get zoster (shingles) any time soon. Why are you still taking Valtrex when the treatment for shingles is 1 Gram 3x a day for 7 (SEVEN) DAYS. Are you in pain? Does it interfere with sleep? Cymbalta (duloxetine) will cause fatigue. Gabapentin will make you very sleepy. Lack of sleep will make you feel out of sorts. If you continue to have neuropathic pain (where?), 5% Doxepin cream will stop it.

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Can you get shingles/chicken pox from showering in the same shower as someone who has it?

Can you get shingles/chicken pox from showering in the same shower as someone who has it?

Shingles: Chicken pox is airborne so it's unlikely you will get it from the shower. Shingles is a reactivation of chicken pox in your own body so you wouldn't get that from someone else.

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How can I get shingles?

Herpes zoster: Shingles, also called herpes or varicella zoster, occurs when the v. Zoster virus is reactivated after being dormant within nerve roots since a previous episode of chickenpox. Shingles occurs mainly in people over age 50 and in people with immunosuppressed states that allow the virus to "wake up".

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Can I get shingles again?

It's Rare but Yes: The shingles can recurr, but it is extraordinarily rare. If it does, multiple times, you may have herpes.

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Way do people get shingles?

Viral infection: Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Once you are infected with chicken pox, the Varicella Zoster virus remains in your body for life. At certain times of stress, or illness, your immune system and get what's called Herpes Zoster (shingles). Not everyone will get shingles, but it is relatively common.

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Shingles how do you get it?

Shingles how do you get it?

Shingles: Firstly you have to have had chickenpox at some stage. The virus goes dormant and then later gets reactivated giving you "shingles".

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Can you get shingles from a pet?

No: Shingles occurs when the virus which causes chickenpox stays in your body in the nerve endings permanently and reactivates as herpes zoster (shingles). It is conceivable that a pet could have the virus on its coat after touching lesions and then somehow transmit it rapidly (viruses die quickly) to another person who would then get chickenpox, and not shingles.

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From where can you get shingles?

Yourself: If one has had chickenpox the virus never leaves your body. It stays dormant inside nerve near the spinal cord. A certain trigger wakes them up and they manifest as shingles.

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What percent of people get shingles?

What percent of people get shingles?

Sooner or later....: If you live long enough, sooner or later you'll get shingles (zoster). While most common in the elderly, it can show up in young adults as well. Fortunately: most people only get it once; most cases aren't as bad as the drug companies want you to believe; medication (pills) are very helpful if treated early; and a vaccine "zostavax" can prevent it in many people, so discuss it with your doctor.

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Can a small child of 3 get shingles?

Yes: I have seen it as early as 15 months. All it takes is a past infection with chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine. Statistically the vaccine has less shingles than the wild virus but it can happen. Reactivation in early childhood follows the same pattern that is does in adults although the subjective complaints of pain prior to eruption seems to be less prominent.

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How can you get relief from shingles?

How can you get relief from shingles?

Shingles: First of course is getting on the appropriate anti-viral medication to treat the underlying cause of the shingles. Then based upon the nerve pain or itch there are numerous pain medications and nerve pain or anti-inflammatory medications that your physician can discuss with you.

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Why and how do teenagers get shingles?

Same as if not: Shingles occurs when a hibernating zoster virus (chickenpox) reactivates and travels down a nerve group, causing pain and a breakout. I have seen it in toddlers. We are not sure why it occurs. Since it commonly occurs in older folks, most speculate that a weak period in someones immunity allows it to activate.

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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