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Could herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active herpes zoster?

Could herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active herpes zoster?

Why ?????: Giving the vaccine to anyone with active shingles would be a waste of time, resources and effort. It would not treat the infection or benefit the recipient in any way. ...Read more

Methotrexate (Definition)

Methotrexate was originally used in the early 1950's as a treatment for cancer but was also found to be effective in many other diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. It has anti inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties which make it an excellent first line therapy for RA ...Read more


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Can topical steroid treatment be given in viral diseases like varicella, herpes, chicken pox infections?

Can topical steroid treatment be given in viral diseases like varicella, herpes, chicken pox infections?

Topical Steroids : Topical steroids used on viral infection can affect the healing process. In fact the lesions may heal a lot slower. If you want to use topical steroids to decrease inflammation make sure you also take oral antiviral medications at the same time. ...Read more

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Are shingles, chicken pox and herpes all the same virus?

Are shingles, chicken pox and herpes all the same virus?

No, but related: They are related but different. There are several human herpes viruses. All cause an initial infection, then lie dormant and may recur later. Herpes simplex viruses (HSV) types 1 and 2 cause oral and genital herpes. Chickenpox and shingles (herpes zoster) are caused by the same herpes virus, named varicella zoster virus (VZV), different than HSV. Shingles is a localized recurrence of chickenpox. ...Read more

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Can we give steroid with acyclovir in chicken pox or herpes zoster patient?

Can we give steroid with acyclovir  in chicken pox or herpes zoster patient?

I wouldn't: Any steroid taken during these outbreaks can suppress the body's immune response and increase the intensity of the outbreak.The worst case of chickenpox I ever saw involved a kid given steroids for a skin condition while he was incubating (10-21 days) the chickenpox. ...Read more

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Is herpes and shingles the same thing? What about herpes zoster?

Is herpes and shingles the same thing? What about herpes zoster?

Shingles: Herpes zoster is the medical word for shingles. When you get chicken pox the virus (herpes) rests in a nerve of your spine. Years later, if you are under stress or sick you can get shingles which is on one side of your body and can be very painful. If is not uncommon for the pain to start before the rash. ...Read more

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What is the difference between herpes zoster and varicella zoster virus?

What is the difference between herpes zoster and varicella zoster virus?

Herpes zoster...: ...Is the return of the infection caused by the varicella zoster virus. The first time this infection occurs, it is called varicella. ...Read more

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I take zovirax (acyclovir) for herpes simplex (genital). I take 40 mg everyday to suppress the herpes simplex eruptions. Will this drug suppress shingles too?

I take zovirax (acyclovir) for herpes simplex (genital). I take 40 mg everyday to suppress the herpes simplex eruptions. Will this drug suppress shingles too?

There is no evidence: No there is no evidens that it will suppress shingles,The only way to prevent shingles is by taking Zostavax the Shingle Vaccine.All adults over the age of 60 are recommemded to have shingle vaccine one dose to prevent shingles Even though Zovirax (acyclovir) is used to treaas it will shorten the course if used within 48 hours of start of the rash.And the dose used is 800 MGM every 4 hours for 5 days ...Read more

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I have herpes zoster, are liquids in the blisters contagious?

I have herpes zoster, are liquids in the blisters contagious?

Yes!: Herpes zoster, also known as shingles, is a contagious viral infection. It is a reactivation of the varicella virus that causes chickenpox. You would be contagious to someone who who has never had chickenpox before or has never been vaccinated. You should keep the area covered at all times and wash your hands often. Stay clear of pregnant women, infants and immunocompromised people. ...Read more

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How are genital shingles and herpes different?

How are genital shingles and herpes different?

Virus: Shingles is reactivation of the varicella zoster virus, or chickenpox. It usually takes a dermatomal pattern, so having isolated genital shingles would be rare. The lesions would be similar, with vesicles/blisters (vzv and hsv are related). ...Read more

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Is shingles and chicken pox in the herpes family?

Is shingles and chicken pox in the herpes family?

Chicken pox shingles: There are at least 8 herpes viruses that all share a very similar genetic makeup. Varicella zoster is the chicken pox virus that affects children. It may remain dormant for years then reappear in the elderly or earlier if your immune system is compromised. Once reactivated it can cause "shingles." it is then referred to as herpes zoster. ...Read more

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Can herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active zoster?

No: No, someone with active zoster will not benefit from the herpes zoster vaccine, which is used for prevention, not treatment. ...Read more

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Is there a link between Herpes Simplex Virus that causes a Herpetic Whitlow and The chicken pox virus?

Is there a link between Herpes Simplex Virus that causes a Herpetic Whitlow and The chicken pox virus?

Herpes cousins: Actually yes indeed. The virus that causes herpetic whitlow- usually HSV-1 (but sometimes HSV-2) is related to the same virus that causes chicken pox. We call that virus VZV or varicella zoster virus. These viruses are found in the 'herpes' family of viruses. Great observation. I hope though you're not suffering too badly from these nasty viruses. There is a chickenpox vaccine out there BTW. ...Read more

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Can a person with genital herpes donate blood or plasma? No outbreaks and currently on Valtrex (valacyclovir)

Can a person with genital herpes donate blood or plasma? No outbreaks and currently  on Valtrex (valacyclovir)

Yes and no: When it comes to herpes patient donations, the american red cross and fda suggest that blood donations be deferred for one month after an active outbreak of the virus. ...Read more

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Since starting Accutane i've experienced more frequent herpesvirus outbreaks consisting of more lesions. Why? Valtrex (valacyclovir) and Accutane together?

Since starting Accutane i've experienced more frequent herpesvirus outbreaks consisting of more lesions. Why? Valtrex (valacyclovir) and Accutane together?

Possibly related: There are some reports in the literature of increased h. Simplex perioral outbreaks with Isotretinoin use. Some dermatologists recommend pre-treatment with herpecidal medication (such as valtrex) for one week prior to starting Isotretinoin in those with a history of outbreaks. ...Read more

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Can acyclovir treat vestibular neuritis caused by a virus other than herpes?Is this form of herpes as bad as genital herpes? Is it contagious?

Can acyclovir treat vestibular neuritis caused by a virus other than herpes?Is this form of herpes as bad as genital herpes? Is it contagious?

NO: This is a term for what is thought to be a viral induced infection of the balance mechanism of the inner ear. It is not a specific virus is most cases. It is not treated with acyclovir. See your doctor is this problem is occurring or persistent. ...Read more

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Zoster herpes Igg level 2400 with shingles like outbreak that only relieves with b12 and C shots. How do I confirm it's not shingles? Any tests/sign?

Zoster herpes Igg level 2400 with shingles like outbreak that only relieves with b12 and C shots. How do I confirm it's not shingles? Any tests/sign?

Culture lesions: Recurrent herpes zoster outbreaks are not very common, and are usually related to a drop in your immunity that suppresses the herpes zoster virus lying dormant in your dorsal root ganglia. B12 & C shots are not indicated treatments for shingles outbreaks. You can have your clinician unroof one of the lesions during an outbreak and collect a herpes zoster culture. Take Care! ...Read more

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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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more