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Can you have shingles more than once and what are some of the signs?

Can you have shingles more than once and what are some of the signs?

Possibly: But it takes a very long time. You get shingles because your immunity to chicken pox has waned, and you get a reactivation of the virus in a nerve. This process generally takes decades to happen, but if you had the shingles in your 40s, and now you are in your 70s or 80s, it is possible. However, you are unlikely to get the shingles more than once in a short time. ...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


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What are some complications shingles?

What are some complications shingles?

Nerve pain: A serious complication is post herpetic neuralgia which results in severe pain which can be temporary or chronic and unrelenting. This can sometimes result in hospitalization in its most severe forms for pain management. ...Read more

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What are clear signs u have shingles?

What are clear signs u have shingles?

Shingles: or herpes zoster is due to reactivation of the varicella zoster virus established in sensory ganglia following an attack of chicken pox. The resultant inflammation spreads to the peripheral nerve and eventually reaches the skin where it erupts as a rash and extreme pain. ...Read more

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What are the beginning signs of shingles?

Shingles symptoms: Early symptoms of shingles include headache, sensitivity to light, and flu-like symptoms without a fever. You may then feel itching, tingling, or pain where a band, strip, or small area of rash may appear several days or weeks later. A rash can appear anywhere on the body but will be on only one side of the body, the left or right. The rash will first form blisters, then scab over. ...Read more

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Can I get the shingles more than one time?

Can I get the shingles more than one time?

Shingles usually 1 X: Shingles occur a second time in a second place less than 4% of the time. Shingles are a reactivation of the chicken pox virus that can remain dormant after you've been exposed to chicken pox, many years later. When the body's immune system becomes stressed and can't fight off the virus's attempt to reactivate, the virus spreads from the spinal ganglion along the nerve pathway to the skin. ...Read more

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What are the signs of shingles activation?

What are the signs of shingles activation?

Pain, itch, rash: Initially pain and/or itching occurs then with the development of a blister-like rash following the distribution of the sensory nerve where the reactivation occurs. Sometimes the rash is the first thing noted. Rarely the pain/itching occurs without a rash (zoster sine zoster). ...Read more

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How can I get some relief from shingles pain?

Medication,accupunct: Shingles pain after the acute incident can transition into post-herpetic neuralgia. It is a very painful condition. Typical pain killers may help somewhat, but nerve calming meds may be. More effective. Lyrica, (pregabalin) Cymbalta are exmples. Acupuncture may also help. Topical application of Lidocaine is also an option. Treating it early and aggressively is best. You should see a doctor. ...Read more

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What are the warning signs for the onset of shingles?

Pain and a rash: Pain followed shortly by a rash on one side of the body in an area supplied by a nerve (dermatome) heralds the onset of a shingles attack. You should discuss getting the shingles vaccine with your doctor. It decreases the miserable complication of "post-herpetic neuralgia". ...Read more

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Does having shingles once mean you won't get it again?

Afraid not: Activation of the herpes virus can recur, unfortunately. The "shingles shot" reduces chance of outbreak and severity. Talk yo your Physician or Pharmacist. ...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