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Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus Contagious
Zoster no, c'pox yes: People with their first infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV) (mostly kids w/ chickenpox) are infectious by respiratory secretions -- e.g. coughing on someone who previously never had chickenpox and wasn't vaccinated against VZV. However, herpes zoster (shingles) dosn't have virus in the respiratory tract and is rarely transmissible except by direct contact with the skin rash. ...Read more
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
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
Depends on situation: If you had chicken pox then you risk getting shingles. Vaccination the best way to lower the risk of getting shingles; the severity of pain and complications are signifantly decreased. Acyclovir is used for therapy, but is most effective witihn 48-72 hrs of an outbreak. Death from shingles is rare but can happen esp in pt with impaired immunity. ...Read more
± 1 million cases/year in usa and 1, 5 million cases in the european union. Couldn't find recent data for india.
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Lagophthalmos causes: Lagophthalmos the inability to close the eyelid completely. This results from damage to the 7th cranial nerve or 'facial' nerve. There are many possible causes such as trauma, stroke, tumors, Bell's palsy, Lyme disease or other rare causes. Although I've never seen a case - zoster could probably do it, although would be quite rare. Zoster infects nerve roots, so if it came out in that area, maybe ...Read more
Don't know if your: Doc has you on Acyclovir or similar. Also, zostrix (capsaicin) vaccine may decrease future outbreaks. Prednisone can be helpful & is safe if used for short period of time -can help limit long term neuralgia. The only supplement I know of is lysine 500-1000mg 3x/ day during outbreak but it can interact w some antibiotics so check w doc. If outbreak is orotund eyes please see doc to check for eye involvement. ...Read more
From some people: A person with Herpes Zoster is essentially shedding the chicken pox virus.Anyone who has already had chicken pox or who has been vaccinated against it is not at risk. Anyone who has never had the pox or vaccine could be at risk. If in contact w/ a Zoster (shingles) patient, even if you are immune, use good hand-washing to prevent spread to non-immune bystanders. ...Read more
If a person is having herpes zoster for the first time, can he be infected for second time in his life?
Shingles recurrence: Once we are infected with VZV - the virus that causes chickenpox and shingles or 'zoster', it is possible to have more than one episode. This is quite rare, because usually an episode of shingles will 'remind' the immune system to keep this virus 'in check' and not let it recur like that. The first episode is bad enough as it is. You can talk to your doc about the zoster vaccine - see an ID doc. ...Read more
A friend of mine has shingles (herpes zoster), he is 24 years old, does that means he is immunosuppressed?
Shingles: Yes and No. Shingles is often brought on by stress and or other situations that lower one's immunity temporarily such as concurrent illness, fatigue, poor nutrition. But, sometimes it just occurs. There is a shingle vaccine. Let's hope once he is healed he will take the vaccine so that this does not happen again. ...Read more
What medicines and creams should I take for herpes zoster? Are there some solutions or creams to ease the pain? What else can I do to ease the pain?
Herpes zoster: Creams are totally useless despite the claims they make in advertizements. Valacyclovir is my go-to medicine for Herpes zoster. The dose is 1gram three times a day for the duration of the outbreak. If the outbreaks are occurring with increasing frequency. Prophylactic use of one gram a day can be instituted by your physician. ...Read more
Shingles: Zoster, often referred to as shingles, is a reactivation of the varicella (chickenpox) virus lying dormant in a nerve cell. When it occurs it generally begins without pain or itching in the distribution of the specific nerve and then the development of a rash in that area with small blisters. It tends to occur as a band on the torso or on the face. A vaccine exists to help prevention this. ...Read more
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
About herpes zoster: The first time a person catches the varicella zoster virus, he gets a case of chicken pox. Most of the time, chicken pox is obvious. Occasionally, a person has such a mild case, he doesn't know he has it. After chicken pox resolves, the virus lives (hides) in the nerves near the spinal cord. When it comes out and infects the skin again, the virus is called herpes zoster, and the rash is shingles. ...Read more
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
Shingles: There should be no problem with exercise. Avoid getting too sweaty as it may irritate the skin more, causing more pain. Friction from clothing may also increase pain, so wear softer soother fabrics. ...Read more
Shingle's Diet: There is no well studied scientific evidence that a certain food should be eaten or avoided in setting of herpez zoster (shingles). A healthy varied diet is advised to help provide the essential nutrients the body needs to deal with the infection. Adequate water intake is also important. ...Read more
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
Can happen any time: Herpes zoster can happen to anone who's ever had chicken pox. Most of us have had chicken pox, thus most of us can get zoster. Zoster at younger ages typically can be brought on by stress or other insults to the immune system. Maybe your friend is under a lot of stress? Not sleeping enough? Have her see a doctor, she can and should be treated for her zoster. ...Read more
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None: Food choices are very seldom the key to the management of any illness, other than the nutritional disease. Being sick is difficult enough without superstition. While you're recovering from zoster, eat sensibly. Generally, anyone does well to avoid much of the very sugary, the very greasy, or the very salty stuff. Best wishes. ...Read more
Separate disease: Yes, one can be "blessed" with both diseases. ...Read more
Yes: Always ensure it is a killed-virus vaccination, but yes, we do recommend vaccination. ...Read more