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How is the frequency of recurrence and severity of ocular HSV-2 compared to the frequency of recurrence and severity of ocular HSV-1?

How is the frequency of recurrence and severity of ocular HSV-2 compared to the frequency of recurrence and severity of ocular HSV-1?

No difference : When we think of Herpes and the eye, HSV1 and 2 are lumped into the same category vs. VZV which is shingles. In regards to recurrence, if you are not immunocompromised the odds of recurrence is very small with Shingles recurring more than the herpes virus. If you are prone to recurrence, you can be started on Acylovir 400mg 1x per day for maintenance and the outbreak will be much less severe. ...Read more

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster), occurring in people who have had chicken pox some time in their past. ...Read more


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What is the duration of prophylactic treatment of migraines?

What is the duration of prophylactic treatment of migraines?

Duration of action: Often prophy treatment for migraines lasts 24 hours. For botox injections, it can last 3 months. The duration depends on what is being used, and how long it has been used for. ...Read more

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Symptoms of breakthrough chickenpox occur on the body, treatment?

Symptoms of breakthrough chickenpox occur on the body, treatment?

CHICKEN POX: If diagnosis is correct for chicken pox, then stay in isolation. Use otc calamine lotion on the bumps those are broken, don't scratch. It itchy, take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 50 mg 3 times daily. Increase fluid and vitamin-c intake by eating 2-4 oranges/day or vit-c tab 500 mg daily to hasten healing. If extensive or there is secondary infection, see your doctor who might suggest some antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is the main cause of varicella zoster (shingles)?

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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What is the frequency of recurrence and severity of bilateral ocular HSV in comparison to unilateral ocular HSV? Thanks,

Bilateral uncommon: In my experience, bilateral ocular HSV is uncommon and usually implies some degree of immunosuppression. I have seen it in patients with severe eczema. If we accept this to be true, then it follows that recurrences and severity may be more common than with unilateral HSV due to impaired immunity. This has also been my experience. ...Read more

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Have shingles without history of chickenpox?

Have shingles without history of chickenpox?

It happens: Data show as many as 95% of adults who think they never had chickenpox have blood evidence they did. It can also happen if they received the vaccine at any time. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of shingles on body?

What are the symptoms of shingles on body?

Shingles symptoms: Shingles often starts out as a patch of skin with a burning sensation followed a few days later by vesicles (small blisters) which eventually burst & scab over (just like chickenpox). Some pain may be present during the vesicle phase but more likely to appear in the healing phase. So best to get treatment early to prevent "post-herpetic neuralgia". Face/ear/eye warrant doc visit at once. ...Read more

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What is the daily dose of acyclovir for suppression of genital herpes?

What is the daily dose  of acyclovir for suppression of genital herpes?

Ask you doctor: As i assume u mean genital herpes, either 400-800mg per day Valtrex (valacyclovir) usually works better the dose of that is 500-1000mg a day at your age you may only need the lesser dose please discuss with yoru doc. ...Read more

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Symptoms and timeline of chicken pox infection?

Symptoms and timeline of chicken pox infection?

CHICKENPOX: It takes 2 weeks after exposure to chickenpox to get the disease. It is vesicular skin lesions that turns into scabs, last for1 to 2 weeks. Lesions are very pruritic. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of shingles?

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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Which is the duration of prophylactic treatment of migrain (repeat with more info)?

Which is the duration of prophylactic treatment of migrain (repeat with more info)?

6 months: If prophylactic therapy for migraine, such as drugs or Botox are very effective and you get very few headaches try stopping the treatment after 6 months. However, if you still get a few migraines each month, it is not likely you will be able to stop the prophylactic treatment. Instead or in addition to drugs try regular exercise, biofeedback, magnesium, coq10, riboflavin, feverfew, omega-3, botox. ...Read more

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Family history of depression=10% chance of depression. Side effect of valtrex (valacyclovir)=7% of the same. Assume 17% chance of depression if I take valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Family history of depression=10% chance of depression. Side effect of valtrex (valacyclovir)=7% of the same. Assume 17% chance of depression if I take valtrex (valacyclovir)?

No: One can only make such an assumption if one has certainty that his chances depression in his PERSONAL case is indeed those numbers (very hard to prove), and also that such numbers would be additive. Thus, one cannot make such assumptions... it's too much of a generalization. Realize that even if there is a 10% risk, you may actually be a member of the other 90% who never get the affliction. ...Read more

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How does the varicella virus cause the symptoms of chickenpox?

How does the varicella virus cause the symptoms of chickenpox?

It's quite a story!: After contaminated respiratory droplets are inhaled, the virus infects the lining of the respiratory tract or of the eye. The virus multiplies in lymph nodes near the upper respiratory tract; next, the virus stays in the blood for a few days. Then it multiplies in internal organs; it returns to the blood and infects capillaries and skin cells, causing the classic blisters. ...Read more

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What about zinc lozenges reduces duration and severity of the cold?

What about zinc lozenges reduces duration and severity of the cold?

HMM!!: There is significant variability in the results from research on the impact of zinc on the common cold. Some studies showed no effect and others showed benefit if taken the first day of symptom onset. Do not take zinc intranasally due to the potential for loss of sense of smell. ...Read more

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How does the varicella-zoster virus cause the symptoms of chickenpox?

How does the varicella-zoster virus cause the symptoms of chickenpox?

Chickenpox: Chickenpox is a viral disease caused by varicella zoster. After a chickenpox infection the virus lives on in nerves and of it reemerges later in life it only affects that part of the body innervated by that nerve, resulting in shingles. ...Read more

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What is the course of duration of peginterferon(interferon alfa2b) in the treatment of hepatitis b? Plz explain in detail.

What is the course of duration of peginterferon(interferon alfa2b) in the treatment of        hepatitis b? Plz explain in detail.

Hepatitis B: Interferon Alfa 2b can be used for treatment of CHRONIC hepatitis B. It is not for acute Hepatitis B which often resolves spontaneously. The dose for chronic hep B is 10 mill units subcutaneous or IM shot 3times/week for 16 weeks, or 5 mill units daily for 16 wk. get with your doctor to see if you have the chronic form of hepatitis. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is location of symptoms of sciatica?

What is location of symptoms of sciatica?

Back & Leg Pain: Sciatica is pain in the distribution of the leg as a result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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For what length of time can chicken pox last?

For what length of time can chicken pox last?

Depends: The best answer depends on the perspective. If you count the 10-21 days that you incubate & have the quiet stage prior to breaking out it is quite long. A person becomes contagious a day or so before breaking out, has crops of new blisters for 3-5 days & then is not contagious after the last one dries out, about 6 days after the first spot. ...Read more

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Are the varicella zoster virus and shingles the same thing?

Are the varicella zoster virus and shingles the same thing?

Word games: One is the name of a virus, the other is one condition that virus can cause. ...Read more

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36 year old f very healthy developed a rash on back . Hurts and was itchy. Looks like shingles. Help is it to late for anti viral meds and duration ?

36 year old f very healthy developed a rash on back . Hurts and was itchy. Looks like shingles. Help is it to late for anti viral meds and duration ?

Depends on duration.: I am not sure wether the rash is due to shingles or not. It needs to be checked out by a physician to make sure. If it turns out to be shingles then starting antiviral medicines in the first 72 hours gives a better chance for early cure. It also helps reduce chances of developing residual pain that often persists after the rash goes away. ...Read more

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How long does shingles last?

Shingles : Usually 2-4 weeks. There has to be some exposure to chicken pox in the past. A few will go on the develop pain long after all is healed. ...Read more

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How long would shingles last for?

How long would shingles last for?

Rash or pain: The physical manifestations of shingles , usually rash and small papules ( fluid filled blisters) last a few days to a week. The pain of shingles if not treated early and aggressively, can lead to a condition called post-herpetic neuralgia. This condition can be very difficult to treat. ...Read more

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How long does shingles vaccone last?

How long does shingles vaccone last?

As far as we know: It has been shown to reduce the incidence of herpes zoster (known as shingles) by 51.3%. As far as we know at this time it is a one time vaccine. ...Read more

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How long does the shingles last on side?

See below: Herpes zoster usually clears up in 2 to 3 weeks and rarely returns. If the virus affects the nerves that control movement (the motor nerves), you may have temporary or permanent weakness or paralysis. Sometimes, the pain in the area where the shingles occurred may last from months to years. This pain is called postherpetic neuralgia. ...Read more

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How long doside effects of shingles shot last?

Short time: Zostavax is a shingles vaccine approved by the fda. The vaccine can cause side effects, but they're generally mild and don't last long. ...Read more

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I wish to know how long does shingles last for?

7-10 days: For the rash to run its course. Longer, if post herpetic neuralgia persists. Phn can last months, sometimes years. ...Read more

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How long do the symptoms of shingles last for you?

How long do the symptoms of shingles last for you?

1-2 weeks: The rash that occurs with shingles usually lasts about 7-10 days before all the lesions dry up and begin to fall off. Lifelong scarring occasionally results. The pain associated with the rash usually lasts about 2 weeks but can persist for much longer (sometimes lifelong) in 10-15% of patients. ...Read more

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How long does it take for shingles symptoms to appear?

How long does it take for shingles symptoms to appear?

How long after what?: The pain and/or itching can be present for a day or so before the typical rash. ...Read more

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How long will it take for me to recover from shingles?

How long will it take for me to recover from shingles?

It varies: There is not one right answer. With treatment one can take up to six weeks to get better. ...Read more

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How long do the symptoms of shingles last for in a teen?

Varies: Shingles can have groups of lesions which occur for 1-7 days then progress to crusts and healing over the next 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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Don?T understand cause of shingles how long does it last?

Don?T understand cause of shingles how long does it last?

Virus reactivation: After having had chickenpox, the virus can lie dormant in the nerve ganglion only to reactivate years to decades later. Most people who get it, only get it once. There is a vaccine to decrease the risk of getting the reactivation or its complications by boosting the immunity to the virus. ...Read more

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How long do the symptoms of shingles last if first attack?

How long do the symptoms of shingles last if first attack?

1-2 weeks: The rash that occurs with shingles usually lasts about 7-10 days before all the lesions dry up and begin to fall off. Lifelong scarring occasionally results. The pain associated with the rash usually lasts about 2 weeks but can persist for much longer (sometimes lifelong) in 10-15% of patients. ...Read more

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What to do if I have shingles, please help determine how long.?

Shingles: Apply cornstarch or baking soda to help dry the sores. There is no cure for shingles, but treatment with prescription for antiviral drugs can speed healing and reduce risk of complications, like postherpetic neuralgia. Gabapentin and local anesthetics are also very useful for pain relive. Talk to your PCP for more information. Take care. ...Read more

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How long do shingles take to heal or how long befor i'm over them.

Usually: Usually 2 to 3 weeks but sometimes the pain or unusual sensations can last weeks or months. ...Read more

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How long until the shingles goes away? Can I give it to anyone if it is my second case of it?

Shingles: Shingles is only contagious when you have open sores. Most cases last 4-6 weeks but the post herpetic nerver pain can last years. ...Read more

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Shingles....Question about how long pain will last? Should it get better with the anitvirals?

Hopefully short : It can vary greatly from a few days, weeks, months, and even beyond a year in some. If the correct antiviral agent is initiated withing the first 48-72 hours, it is more likely to help decrease the symptoms of acute neuritis as well as post-herpetic neuralgia. Even then, there is no guarantee the pain will be diminished with timely initiation of antiviral medications. ...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