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Does Igg and IgM indicate if a person is being tested for a herpes zoster infection?

Does Igg and IgM indicate if a person is being tested for a herpes zoster infection?

Not sure: of your question. If Igg zoster antibodies are low, there may not be immunity; if Igm is high, it is an indication of acute infection. So if these tests are being run, that is why. ...Read more

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Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Treating Shingles (Checklist)

Seek treatment from a healthcare professional
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Stay away from people who haven't had chicken pox
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Take ibuprofen or naproxen for pain and inflammation
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If prescribed anti-viral medication, take appropriately and completely
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What is the best treatment of herpes zoster infection?

What is the best treatment of herpes zoster infection?

Anti-viral: Herpes zoster is a reactivation of the virus that causes chicken pox. The virus sits in the nerves and comes out later in life. This causes a painful rash that doesn't cross the middle of the body. Anti-viral medications are used to control the symptoms. ...Read more

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How can we identify a Herpes zoster patient?

Herpes zoster: Shingles occurs in people with history of prior chicken pox. Can occur many years after chicken pox when the persons immune system gets weak. The lesions are usually blisters that follow a single dermatome and does not cross the mid line of the body ...Read more

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Is it possible to have herpes zoster inside the skull?

Is it possible to have herpes zoster inside the skull?

You could say that: Herpes zoster (shingles) is generally a disease of the skin. However, it's possible to get zoster meningitis (infection in the spinal fluid), encephalitis (infection of the brain), or myelitis (infection of the spinal cord). ...Read more

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Will giving antiviral agent like valacyclovir later than 72 hours upon start of herpes zoster still be effective?

Will giving antiviral agent like valacyclovir later than 72 hours upon start of herpes zoster still be effective?

Not usually: Herpes infections can be treated with antivirals such as Acyclovir and valcyclovir, but to really have an impact need to be started within 72 hours. Any later and the symptoms are really not effected much at all. ...Read more

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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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Diet (Definition)

Diet is a four letter word implying temporary measures with few good permanent results. I believe instead in 'healthy lifestyle changes' that may produce results more slowly ...Read more


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