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Doctor insights on: Etiology Of Shingles

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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

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 sort of virus causes viral cardiomyopathy?

What sort of virus causes viral cardiomyopathy?

A number: Can. During the winter months, influenza can do it. In the summer months, enteroviruses such as coxsackie can. ...Read more

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What arre the symptoms of sarcoidosis?

What arre the symptoms of sarcoidosis?

Variable: They can range from being asymptomatic to cough, bloody cough, headache, GI problems, visual problems, arthritis, the list goe on. ...Read more

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Why causes the itch of postherpetic neuralgia?

Why causes the itch of postherpetic neuralgia?

Nerve damage : Herpes virus damages nerve cells in the spinal cord. Disballance between different nerve fibers may cause numerous abnormal feelings including the itch. ...Read more

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What's the etiology of chronic leukemia?

What's the etiology of chronic leukemia?

Wish I knew.: There is some evidence that excessive exposure to chemicals such as benzene may lead to an increased incidence of chronic myeloid leukemia, and excessive exposure to radiation has also been implicated. Cllhas been linked to pesticide exposure in some-but not all-studies. In animals, diseases like cll are usually caused by a virus. In practice a doctor rarely finds the cause of a patients leukemia. ...Read more

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What type of pathogen causes the chikungunya virus?

What type of pathogen causes the chikungunya virus?

RNA virus: Chikungunya belongs to family Togaviridae & genus Alphavirus. It is an RNA virus. ...Read more

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What is the cause/s of recurrence of sinus inflammation?

What is the cause/s of recurrence of sinus inflammation?

Rhinosinusitis: The lining of the nose and sinuses is contiguous. The most common causes of swelling of this lining include both allergic and non allergic rhinitis, as well as infectious and inflammatory issues. Nonallergic causes may include dry air, smoke, perfumes, dust, temperature changes, etc. See your doctor for an assessment and treatment. ...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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What is the origin of HIV?

What is the origin of HIV?

Evolution: There is no reasonable doubt any more that HIV1 is a chimpanzee virus that jumped to humans under the atrocious conditions in the Belgian Congo in the early 1900's. HIV2 came from the sooty mangabee monkey. In fact, most of the human epidemic diseases jumped from other species. There are some crackpot ideas out there but the scientific community, which simply seeks truth, sees through them. ...Read more

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What is Legionnaires’ disease? Describe this strain of bacterial pneumonia and its possible origins in human infection.

What is Legionnaires’ disease? Describe this strain of bacterial pneumonia and its possible origins in human infection.

Legionnaire'sDisease: is a severe form of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria, usually contracted through contaminated ventilation systems. It can be quite deadly if not recognized and treated. For more info: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/legionnaires-disease/basics/definition/CON-20028867 Hope this helps!! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of chickenpox pneumonia?

What are the symptoms of chickenpox pneumonia?

Like any other: Similar to any viral pneumonia, shortness of breath, cough, perhaps some chest pain, fever, chills. ...Read more

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What actually causes the symptoms of neuritis?

What actually causes the symptoms of neuritis?

Neuritis not simple: An irritated nerve will produce symptoms of pain in the nerve area, and may cause weakness as well. Usually this term is used to specify a neurve related painful condition. However, sometimes the problem is in the brain and it only seems like it is in a nerve. Vestibular neuritis is a misnomer, the problem is usually in the inner ear. Brachial plexitis is also a neuritis. ...Read more

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Number of the symptoms of autoimmune diseases?

Number of the symptoms of autoimmune diseases?

Too numerous: There are so many different symptoms based on which body system is affected by the particular autoimmune disease. For example, psoriasis affects the skin but can also affect the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the joints but can also affect the lungs. Lupus erythematosus can affect multiple organ systems. The symptoms generally follow the organ systems but non-specific fatigue is common. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of neurological chronic Lyme disease?

What are the symptoms of neurological chronic Lyme disease?

Brain Lyme : Neurological involvement by Lyme occurs after a long period of untreated infection and leads to difficulty with walking, thinking, vision and MRI with a spinal tap test to confirm diagnosis ...Read more

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Can the chicken pox virus cause symptoms of herpes?

Can the chicken pox virus cause symptoms of herpes?

Not really: A family of dna viruses known to cause human disease includes the herpes simplex strains that are well known to cause herpes i and ii (cold sore, genital sores)and herpes zoster that cause chickenpox and shingles.There are other herpes viruses that cause human disease but these are the ones under discussion. They are not the same virus. They may be cars but ones a chevy and the other a dodge. ...Read more

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What is the origin of meningitis?

What is the origin of meningitis?

Infection : It is infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord caused by bacteria or virus. ...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