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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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What s shingles its cause by a particular food eaten. What do I run away from. What drugs doct?

Shingles: Shingles is reactivation of the varicella virus. You can only get it if you had chicken pox in the past. ...Read more

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Can young adults (early 20's) be diagnosed with shingles?

Can young adults (early 20's) be diagnosed with shingles?

Yes but rare: Depending on the severity of the shingles (zoster) and risk factors, your doctor may decide to investigate for underlying systemic conditions associated with an immunocomprised state. ...Read more

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I had shingles at 28. Can I have them again, I'm in my 50's.?

I had shingles at 28. Can I have them again, I'm in my 50's.?

Shingles?: Yes, the virus is in u body and I advise u to take vaccine for it. ...Read more

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Who gets shingles?

Who gets shingles?

Anyone: It is usually a reoccurrence of the chicken pox virus --- more common in the elderly. ...Read more

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Is shingles painful?

Absolutely!: If pain persists after the rash is gone - postherpetic neuralgia (phn) - it needs to be treated aggressively so it does not last forever. The greater the severity and duration of the rash, the more like you are to have phn. Also, the older you are when you have shingles, the more likely you are to have phn. See a board certified pain specialist for help. Don't accept that it will just "go away.". ...Read more

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Is sun on shingles okay?

Is sun on shingles okay?

Shingled: Short term yes, but if you get a sun burn on top of them you'll experience a whole new level of very preventable pain. ...Read more

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Can you die from shingles?

Can you die from shingles?

Shingles: Shingles does not cause death. However, there is a high suicide rate in the elderly who have had shingles and are left with chronic severe nerve pain (neuralgia) which failed several treatments.. ...Read more

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Why is shingles so painful?  

Why is shingles so painful?  

Peripheral pain: Varicella zoster virus usually stays dormant in the ganglion of the spinal cord. Under certain conditions the virus migrates to peripheral dermatomes of certain thoracic areas causing intense pain. ...Read more

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What to do if I have shingles?

There is no cure: The condition is not curable, but is treatable. Symptomatic treatment with analgesics, anti-inflammatory is recommended and antiviral drugs as a preventive.
Stay away from people and be patient. The herpes zoster usually clears in 20 days. ...Read more

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What is the cause of shingles?

Zoster reactivation: Shingles (herpes zoster) is caused by reactivation of varicella zoster, the chickenpox virus, which lives in your nerve cells. It's painful, but if you have a healthy immune system it will get better on its own, and faster if you take anti-herpes drugs quickly. The main complication is post-herpetic neuralgia, chronic pain in the area of the lesions, which is more likely to occur in older people. ...Read more

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Can I have shingles on my butt?

Can I have shingles on my butt?

Shingles pain: Yes. Shingles is a painful nerve and skin condition caused by the virus herpes zoster and occurs in a dermatomal pattern. Usually there are several lessons. Shingles pain can be quite severe and some people will develop phn (post-herpetic neuralgia) a long-term version of shingles pain. There are some treatments that really help and it's important to see your pcp to diagnose and treat shingle. ...Read more

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Does zostrixhelp shingles pain?

Does zostrixhelp shingles pain?

Yes, but...: ...Be aware that zostrix (capsaicin) works by depleting the chemical in nerve endings that transmits pain. In order to deplete the chemical it has to release it, which means that they pain often gets worse for a day or so before it gets better. So don't worry if the pain worsens initially - keep applying the cream. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have shingles?

How to tell if I have shingles?

Belt line: Herpes zoster is shingles and can manifest around the waistline or in the eye area. Do not take it lightly. ...Read more

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What happens if shingles spread?

What happens if shingles spread?

It is limited: Shingles can only spread along the nerve. That nerve has an end. The danger is when the area affected involves the eye. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of shingles?

Shingles: At first, shingles causes weird sensations on you skin. You might feel itching, burning, pain, or tingling. Some people get a fever, feel sick, or get a headache. Within 1 to 2 days, a rash with blisters appears. Blisters most often appear in a band across the chest and back. They can show up on other parts of the body, too. ...Read more

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How can I tellnif I have shingles?

How can I tellnif I have shingles?

Medical Eval: Shingles can cause fairly dramatic pain which is followed within a few days by a rash. It usually appears in a particular location on one side of the body. The rash burns intensely, itches ; is made up blisters that open up ; crust over. A person could also have a fever, chills, headache and generalized aches ; pains with fatigue. ...Read more

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I'm 77 do I need a shingles shot?

Unknown: For younger people it cuts the risk in half. Those who get it but then get shingles tend to have less severe symptoms. The effectiveness for a person of 77 is unknown, probably less. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of shingles?

Painful rash: It is a one sided rash usually in a band or belt - like distribution. There is usually pain or some kind of unpleasant sensation such as tingling or burning. The pain may come before the rash. The rash will usually form into many small blisters. It can also be on the face or arm. See your doctor right away for an antiviral medication to prevent post herpetic neuralgia which is very painful. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of shingles?

What are the symptoms of shingles?

Shingles may first…: Start as a burning sensation in the skin before a patch of blisters appear; blisters are red and somewhat resemble a patch of poison ivy contact. Blisters (like those in chickenpox) break & then scab over. If left untreated, the nerve (s) involved may produce severe pain lasting days to weeks. So treatment at the first appearance of rash is very important, esp. If eye area is involved. See doc ASAP ...Read more

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What is shingles and what cause it?

Only varicella virus: Shingles is a condition where the zoster virus emerges from hibernation in one of your nerve roots. It travels down the nerve and exits in the distribution of that nerve where it causes pain, blisters and skin sensitivity. The only way you get shingles is to have had chickenpox in the past or have received the vaccine (although less often). ...Read more

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How to tell if I have the shingles?

See a doctor: Shingles typically will follow one nerve, therefore is usually isolated to one part of the body. It usually causes a blistering skin rash with associated itching and/or pain. ...Read more

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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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How many types of shingles are there?

How many types of shingles are there?

One: Shingles is due to the herpes zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox. Once a person has chickenpox, the virus stays with that person, and can re-activate later in life as shingles. The shingles can affect different parts of the body, and may be known by different names, such as herpes zoster ophthalmicus, which affects the eye. ...Read more

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Shingles continuing to cause BP spikes?

Shingles continuing to cause BP spikes?

Could be the Pain: You should see your doctor about increases in blood pressure. Make sure your pain is controlled. This could be leading to increase in bp. ...Read more

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How do I soothe the pain from shingles?

How do I soothe the pain from shingles?

Yes.: Zostrix (capsaicin) is a nonprescription cream for shingles pain, but be aware that it may make pain worse before decreasing it. If you're not allergic to aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen, you can try one of those. Your doctor can prescribe stronger pain meds or other drugs like Gabapentin or amitriptyline. ...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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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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Why would shingles occur in a young person?

Shingles: While it is uncommon for shingles in a young person it is not unheard of. All you need is to have had chickenpox before. Shingles can present in times of decreased immunity, stress etc.. ...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