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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


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Any tips on pain relief for shingles/herpes zoster?

Any tips on pain relief for shingles/herpes zoster?

Zoster pain: 1. Anti-virals- decrease length of symptoms
2. Anti-inflammatories
3. Neuropathic pain meds: gabapentin, lyrica, (pregabalin) tcas...
4. Traditional pain meds
5. Epidural steroid injections

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Is it possible for lagophthalmos to be from herpes zoster (shingles)?

Is it possible for lagophthalmos to be from herpes zoster (shingles)?

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

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Shingles - herpes zoster. In need og natural food suggestions. Any ideas?

Shingles - herpes zoster. In need og natural food suggestions. Any ideas?

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

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Does a patient need to be isolated if he/she got herpes zoster (shingles)?

Does a patient need to be isolated if he/she got herpes zoster (shingles)?

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

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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

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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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Can you still have surgery (laparoscopic for endometriosis) if you have new flare up of shingles (herpes zoster)?

Can you still have surgery (laparoscopic for endometriosis) if you have new flare up of shingles (herpes zoster)?

Depends on location: This depends on the location of the outbreak. If well away from the lower abdomen, i.e. where the laparoscopy will be done, probalby no problem. But of course check with your doctor. Recurrent shingles is very rare. If recurrent herpes anywhere from upper thighs to the waist, more likely this is recurrent genital herpes due to HSV2, not herpes zoster. ...Read more

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How do I wash my hair if I have shingles (herpes zoster) extending deep into my hairline?

How do I wash my hair if I have shingles (herpes zoster) extending deep into my hairline?

Gently: Washing hair on one's scalp where there is shingles is the same as washing normal hair . . . Except that one must be gentle and not scratch the scalp lesions and scabs with his fingernails. Allowing the scabs to heal and come off the scalp by themselves is the best thing to do. Once dead skin and scabs are off the skin and just on the hairs, they can be removed by sliding them off the hairs. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is away to make canker sores or herpes zoster (shingles) from coming back?

Please let me know if there is away to make canker sores or herpes zoster (shingles) from coming back?

No: These are two different problems. The cause of canker sores or recurrent aphthous ulcers is not currently known. Treatment involves covering the ulcers with topical medication to decrease exposed ulcerated tissue and provide pain relief.
Shingles is a from a virus that can recur and there is not any preventative treatment available. ...Read more

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How to remove scarring from cornea from herpes zoster? Also, what type of vision correcting surgery can I do when I have herpes zoster (shingles)?

How to remove scarring from cornea from herpes zoster? Also, what type of vision correcting surgery can I do when I have herpes zoster (shingles)?

Few Options: Scars from Zoster can run deep, making removing them very difficult without damaging the rest of the cornea. Vision correcting surgery (LASIK,PRK, etc.) are not indicated nor useful for corneal scars. If the scar is not in the center of vision it is left alone; if it is severely affecting you, a corneal transplant may be the only option. ...Read more

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I had Shingles (Herpes Zoster) 6 months ago but the scars are still there on my face. How can I get rid of the scars? Please help.

I had Shingles (Herpes Zoster) 6 months ago but the scars are still there on my face. How can I get rid of the scars?  Please help.

Improve, not remove.: Scars cannot be removed but there is a large variety of techniques to improve their appearance, both surgical and non-surgical. Avoid sun exposure; it may take up to a year for the scars to fully mature. See a plastic surgeon to begin your search for an appropriate course of action.

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Is Predforte eye drops usually used to treat Shingles (herpes zoster) in the eye?

Is Predforte eye drops usually used to treat Shingles (herpes zoster) in the eye?

Yes but:: The standard approach to herpes zoster ophthalmicus includes oral antiviral therapy (acyclovir, valacyclovir, or famciclovir) to limit VZV replication, and the use adjunctive topical steroid drops to reduce the inflammatory response and control immune-associated keratitis and iritis ...Read more

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Herpes zoster/shingles pain in chest area (risk of postherpetic neuralgia). What can I do?

Herpes zoster/shingles pain in chest area (risk of postherpetic neuralgia). What can I do?

See your doctor.: Although there is not a “cure” for shingles- valacyclovir (valtrex), Acyclovir (zovirax) ; Famciclovir (famvir) can help symptoms. Narcotics (i.e., codeine), tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline), anticonvulsants (neurontin) as well as localized numbing medications can be used for pain. Cool bath or compresses over the rash may v pain/ itching. ...Read more

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My roomie has shingles under his armpit, how can I prevent to get herpes zoster from him? (I had varicella when I was a kid)

You can't get it: A person might get chickenpox from exposure to debris from weeping sores of shingles.( If they never had chickenpox) You cannot catch shingles (Zoster) from a person with shingles. ...Read more

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Is Bausch + Lomb Zirgan (ganciclovir ophthalmic gel) eye drops usually used to treat Shingles (herpes zoster) in the eye?

Herpes zoster tx: The standard approach to herpes zoster opthalmicus is to treat with antiviral therapy using a systemic drug like acyclovir, valacyclovir or famciclovir. However, gangciclovir ophthalmic gel is still indicated for treatment of herpes zoster opthalmicus. Treatment depends on the symptoms, because if there are systemic shingles symptoms present, a systemic antiviral should be started. ...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

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Is herpes zoster contagious airborne?

Is herpes zoster contagious airborne?

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

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How can we identify a Herpes zoster patient?

How can we identify a Herpes zoster patient?

Herpes zoster: Shingles occurs in people with history of prior chicken pox. Can occur many years after chicken pox when the persons immune system gets weak. The lesions are usually blisters that follow a single dermatome and does not cross the mid line of the body ...Read more

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How to treat herpes zoster? Can it cause death?

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

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What is the prevalence of herpes zoster worldwide and in india?

VHZ India?: ± 1 million cases/year in usa and 1, 5 million cases in the european union. Couldn't find recent data for india.
Try who http://www.Who.Int/en/
you can find a lot of information there.
Hope it helps. ...Read more

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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

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I have herpes zoster i took my antivirus medication altoghther with cortison I am 56 what is the best analgsic for the pain?

Analgesics: Mild herpes zoster(shingles) pain may be helped with nonprescription pain relievers, but severe pain often needs Codeine combined with generic tylenol (acetaminophen) prescription medications for relief. ...Read more

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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

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What is herpes zoster?

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

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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