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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
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Herpes Zoster (Overview)

Herpes zoster is also known as Shingles. Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox.


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What is the definition or description of: herpes zoster?

What is the definition or description of: herpes zoster?

See below: Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox. ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
772 doctors shared insights

Herpes Zoster (Overview)

Herpes zoster is also known as Shingles. Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox.


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How long does the herpes zoster virus survive outside the body?ie . after the fluid breaks out from the blister?

How long does the herpes zoster virus survive outside the body?ie . after the fluid breaks out from the blister?

Virus dies quickly: If things are 'dry', then the virus will die off. However if the blister pops & wet material comes out -then potentially a new person could become infected with the chickenpox virus. Chickenpox has to occur first, before zoster can occur. If that person who was exposed had the chickenpox vaccine, then u can breathe a sigh of relief because they should be protected. No transmission if DRY scabs. ...Read more

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Treating Shingles (Tip)

Treating Shingles

LED technology can reduce postherpectic neuralgia (the pain after shingles). ...See 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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L-arginine and fish oil is good to use for body building? I had a past symptom herpes zoster. Its good if i take l-arginine and fish oil supplement

L-arginine and fish oil is good to use for body building? I had a past symptom herpes zoster. Its good if i take l-arginine and fish oil supplement

L-arginine and: High quality and strong enough (50 % epa&dha) fish oil are good products but high arginine can raise prob of herpes outbreak. Avoid arginine containing food such as nuts and chocolate. Lysine supplement will help balance arginine out. Fish oil studies show benefit for cardio, joints, skin, eyes, and inflammation. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Im planing to take l-arginine? I had a past symptoms of herpes zoster? I heard taking l-argine can get herpes? I had once pimples, rashes in penis skin

Im planing to take l-arginine? I had a past symptoms of herpes zoster? I heard taking l-argine can get herpes? I had once pimples, rashes in penis skin

See answer: There are 8 herpes virus types. Types most familiar to us: herpes simplex viruses (types 1 and 2) which can cause mouth cold sores and/or genital herpes; and varicella-zoster virus which causes chicken pox and shingles. Type-specific herpes blood test can help detect prior exposure to Types 1 and 2. L-Arginine, a common supplement, reportedly promotes replication of the herpes virus. Significant? ...Read more

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Treating Shingles (Tip)

Treating Shingles

Do see the doctor quickly if you have shingles, to get started on antivirals quickly. ...See more

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Living with Genital Herpes (Checklist)

Avoid sex when you have an outbreak
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Take antiviral drugs to decrease frequency of outbreaks
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Take antiviral drugs to decrease shedding the virus
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Avoid oral sex when you have fever blisters
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What are signs of herpes zoster?

Pain, rash,itching: The common word for it is shingles. It may first make itself kinown by severe pain over a given area, very puzzling to a doc. After a day or so the blotchy red rash appears and itching and pain continue until it resolves. There is no valid treatment for it. ...Read more

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When is it secure for someone with herpes zoster be in contact with others?

When is it secure for someone with herpes zoster be in contact with others?

Some contacts are ok: Herpes zoster is the chicken pox virus, so a person with zoster can touch any normal person (not immunocompromised, not on prednisone, not a baby) who has immunity to the virus from a past vaccination or a past case of chicken pox or zoster. Otherwise, the zoster patient can wait until all his rash is fully healed (although he is probably not contagious once his scabs are all dry and healing). ...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


Shingles (Definition)

Clusters of vesicles ...Read more