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How Old Do You Have To Be To Get Shingles
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
See below: This would be very unlikely. Although, you can get a shingles rash for up to 2 years after receiving the chickenpox vaccine. ...Read more
Once infected: Once infected with herpes varicella/zoster you will have the organism for life. The chances for recurrence and the frequency are highly variable, and there are many people infected to whom it will never happen. My advice is to get the vaccine, as there is data to suggest efficacy in limiting outbreaks. ...Read more
Yes: If you have a medicate part d drug plan there will be coverage. Current recommendations are for any adult over the age of 60 to get the vaccine even if they have had shingles. The risk of contracting the disease increases with age and it can be very debilitating. ...Read more
I am cured from chikenpox. Is it possible to get shingles if I come in contact with someone who has chikenpox again? I am 21 year old female.
Unlikely: Shingles is rarely if ever related to a exposure to cpx. The germ goes into hibernation in nerve cells along the front of your spine & may remain dormant for your lifetime. It is thought that the immunity you developed keeps it in check unless it weakens with age or condition. After age 60, a higher number of people experience spontaneous emergence of shingles. (I've seen it in toddlers) ...Read more
Would you recommend a person that has vitiligo to get a shingles shot. I am a 49 yr old f that has had shingles in the last 4 months. I also have hpv.?
I'm not 50 or older. I've had chronic cases of shingles for the last 17 years. Can I still get the vaccine?
Never heard of this: I would first go to a dermatologist and or infectious disease specialist. I have never heard of this happening. If true, you have a worrisome immune system. I would only get a living vaccine like the zoster vaccine after you have been cleared to do so, otherwise you may face significant complications. Not all blister producing disorders are shingles. ...Read more
My 31yr old husband has shingles, should I get the shingles vaccine? I am29. Can I get shingles from him?
Herpes zoster: This is the same virus that causes chickenpox and if you have had that you may be at risk of getting shingles. If not, you are at risk of getting chickenpox. My advice is to get the vaccine if you can afford it. Even if you have had chickenpox it makes the onset of later shingles less likely. ...Read more
I am 84 years old and fairly healthy. My doctor says I don't need to get a shingles shot. He says that they are not as effective for someone my age. Do you agree>
Hello. I took this directly from the immunization action coalition
"is there an upper age limit for receipt of the zoster vaccine? Local providers are reluctant to give zoster vaccine to persons age 80-plus years."
"there is no upper age limit for zoster vaccine. The incidence of herpes zoster increases with age. It is known that about 50% of persons living until age 85 years will develop zoster."
I do not know why your doctor provided that advice. ...Read more
Shingles vaccine: Zostavax, the shingles or herpes zoster vaccine, is indicated for adults 60 years and over. Special situations like your cas may probably qualify you to receive it (from 50 years up). In addition, it is important for you to receive the pneumococcal and Meningococcal vaccines. ...Read more
Can my 7 month old baby get chickenpox from someone if they have shingles but the blisters haven't broken the skin and they r on medication?
They are contagious: Until all those blisters are crusted over and there are no new ones. Their medication does not protect your baby. ...Read more
Not possible to know: Presuming no past chicken pox illness, a 58 year-old person getting the standard ch. Pox vaccines gets some protection against ch. Pox (some people still catch ch. Pox even after the vaccines). He has to catch ch. Pox first, and then the virus can come back out as shingles months to years later. The shingles vaccine has 14 times the antigens in the ch. Pox vaccine, but is also not fully protective. ...Read more
I was just diagnosed with shingles. Should my dad, who is 53 years old and never had chicken pox, get a vaccination?
Got rashes on one leg a week ago, doc said shingles n said my 2yr old son can get chickenpox but he didn't. Is it normal? Or can be wrong diagnosis??
Shingles: Your son probably has had his first chicken pox shot which will give him some good protection. Not touching or getting near your shingles helps him not get it also. ...Read more
12 yr old Dx'd w/ Shingles in one ear. He's been vaccinated for ch. Pox & has never had the ch. Pox. Thought you had to have had ch. Pox to get shingles?
Shingles: Even the vaccine can cause shingles later on. Less common than actually having chicken pox but can happen. ...Read more
Can my 14 month old get shingles from his dad? I don't think my son has had the chicken pox vaccine.
My 2 year old drank after me. I have shingles. We also have a 32 weeker in NICU. Worried toddler will get chicken pox and we will spread it to preemie?
Contact care: Only the weeping debris from your shingles would be able to spread the virus. If you can keep the area covered & practice good contact care (wash hands a lot) you are unlikely to spread it to anyone. Let the NICU people know since their policy may keep you away until certain parameters are met. ...Read more
I've had extreme fatigue for two years now. Its debilitating and I have lost interest in almost everything I use to enjoy. Background: I'm a 20 year old female. I've had chicken pox twice (shingles) I got pityriasis rosea 1.5 years ago I get tonsil ston
When someone mentions that "they have lost interest in the things they once enjoyed", it's a big red flag that the person is suffering from depression. Depression would also explain your fatigue and need to nap often - especially since you seem pretty healthy otherwise. (which is good!) st. John's wort has been shown to have modest benefit for mood improvement, but if you are still having symptoms, you may need a better medication and therapy. Research shows that people who engage in therapy and medication get better faster and stay better for a longer period of time than either therapy or medication alone. You should call your doctor and discuss your symptoms with them. They may be able to help you, or at least refer you to someone in your area who can help.
I added a link to a website with helpful information about depression.
There are a few other illnesses that can cause similar symptoms such as hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone) and your doctor may choose to check for this before starting medication. Good luck! ...Read more
Why do I get ailments generally found in older people. 26yr high bp, 31yr shingles, 32yr enlarged prostate, melena in stool w/ 4 months abdominal pain. (32yr male, no drugs/smoke, rarely drink, 5'7" 143-150lbs)?
Get a good workup: Hypertension is mostly genetic and I trust you got a workup for secondary causes since you're young; renal artery stenosis just one of several possibilities. Anybody can get shingles. At your age, your big prostate may just have been due to going a few days without an ejaculation. You can't have frank tarry melena for 4 months but anything from hemorrhoids to an ulcer can produce blood in stools. ...Read more
Should I get a shingles shot? 69 years old, had chicken pox, exposed to genital herpes apparently the lowest cost shingles shot I can get is $75, which for a senior on a fixed income is a lot of money. However, I had chicken pox as a child; I've never
I would recommend that it is beneficial to get shingles vaccine for you. The risk of you getting shingles is as average as any person of your age group. Genital herpes does not have any role in incidence of shingles. But the after effects of shingles (postherpetic neuralgia), meaning pain and burning sensation in the area where the person had the rash from shingles even after the rash disappears in some individuals is very uncomfortable and this seems to increase with age. The benefit from vaccine decreases as you delay the vaccine after 70 yrs. The vaccine has shown that it decreases the intensity of shingles episode and incidence and intensity of post herpetic neuralgia.
If you sum the cost of the doctor visits and medications needed to treat post herpetic neuralgia, the cost of shingles vaccine is definitely lower.
I hope this is helpful. I wish you the very best. ...Read more
Herpes zoster: Shingles, also called herpes or varicella zoster, occurs when the v. Zoster virus is reactivated after being dormant within nerve roots since a previous episode of chickenpox. Shingles occurs mainly in people over age 50 and in people with immunosuppressed states that allow the virus to "wake up". ...Read more
Viral infection: Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Once you are infected with chicken pox, the Varicella Zoster virus remains in your body for life. At certain times of stress, or illness, your immune system and get what's called Herpes Zoster (shingles). Not everyone will get shingles, but it is relatively common. ...Read more
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