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How serious are shingles for 14 year olds?

How serious are shingles for 14 year olds?

Shingles: Shingles is chicken pox in a nerve. Rarely it appears at the same time as acute chicken pox. Most often it is an older person who had the virus as a child and carried it as a dormant virus for many yrs. It may occur in a normal 14 yr-old but the diagnosis may be an error. In the absence of some predisposing condition causing defective immunity it is not serious. Meds control it. ...Read more

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


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What is the cause for shingles to break out for a 31 year old?

Unknowable: This is often unknown unless you have an underlying medication condition or immune weakness. It is often seen in those under significant stress or anxiety. ...Read more

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Is shingles common in a 18 year old boy?

It happens: I've seen it in toddlers as early as 15 months and it is seen throughout life. Though more common in older adults, it is not rare. ...Read more

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I think my 1 year old baby has shingles. Isn't that too young?

It happens/rare: Shingles that young would imply that mother had chickenpox during pregnancy or that the kid had it in the first months of life. There are many blister producing illnesses that might seem to be shingles. If what you see is on both sides of the body, its not shingles. This process emerges in an localized area on one side only. ...Read more

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I babysit a 1 year old who has been diagnosed with shingles. Should the other children I babysit be around him?

I babysit a 1 year old who has been diagnosed with shingles. Should the other children I babysit be around him?

Depends on situation: Those with shingles are not as contagious as a those with cpx. Only the debris from active sores contain the virus, not the saliva or a cough.If the other kids were vaccinated or had cpx, the risk is minimal. If the sores have dried and or remain covered, transfer is unlikely. That said, the other parents may or may not be willing to accept any risk. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Which conditions could explain an otherwise healthy 33 year old, non-smoking, caucasian female having 6 pneumonia and 2 shingles outbreaks in 5 years?

Which conditions could explain an otherwise healthy 33 year old, non-smoking, caucasian female having 6 pneumonia and 2 shingles outbreaks in 5 years?

Immune suppression: Check for vitamin deficiencies and complete a full battery of immune system tests including hiv, complement system, thyroid function tests, complete blood count with differential. Also consider stress and anxiety as major factors. ...Read more

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85 year old relative has had shingles for a month, should pregnant person, only 10 weeks, stay away?

85 year old relative has had shingles for a month, should pregnant person, only 10 weeks, stay away?

Shingles: Only contagious to someone who has no chicken pox immunity and who gets the virus directly in there nose or mouth or open sore. Not airborne so just don't touch the shingles sores. ...Read more

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What are the chances for shingles developing on a 21 year old who has had the chicken poxes as a child?

It happens: I've seen it as young as age 15 months, but it remains uncommon under the age of 60. Shingles is thought to result when antibodies to the original infection with CPX decline to a point where the hibernating varicella virus re-emerge from their hiding places. ...Read more

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How effective is the shingles vaccine for a 60 year old vs a 80 year old?

Vaccine efficacy: The efficacy of the vaccine in preventing shingles is higher in ages 60-69 years -- vaccine efficacy is 64%. In patients older than 70, vaccine efficacy is 38%. ...Read more

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29 year old female with reocurring shingles or staph infection can't tell which they look a lot alike. What would cause them to reocurr for 8 years?

Get seen: This is the 21st century and even in our dysfunctional health care system, you have a right to know which of these two very different illnesses you have -- or whether it's something else entirely. Recurring staph is a danger to life; recurring shingles to long-term health. ...Read more

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56 year old male, no spleen, should I get shingles vaccine?

56 year old male, no spleen, should I get shingles vaccine?

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

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36 year old f very healthy developed a rash on back. Hurts and was itchy. Looks like shingles. Help is it to late for anti viral meds and duration?

36 year old f very healthy developed a rash on back. Hurts and was itchy. Looks like shingles. Help is it to late for anti viral meds and duration?

Depends on duration.: I am not sure wether the rash is due to shingles or not. It needs to be checked out by a physician to make sure. If it turns out to be shingles then starting antiviral medicines in the first 72 hours gives a better chance for early cure. It also helps reduce chances of developing residual pain that often persists after the rash goes away. ...Read more

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Should I ask my doctor for the shingles vaccine? I am 54. My 47 year old brother just contracted shingles.

Should I ask my doctor for the shingles vaccine? I am 54. My 47 year old brother just contracted shingles.

Yes, I would ask.: The fda has approved the vaccine for persons 50 through 59 years of age, but you got to have private insurance to have it covered. Cdc does not have a recommendation for routine use of shingles vaccine in persons 50 through 59 years old. The advisory committee on immunization practices (acip) currently recommends the vaccine in people age 60 years and older, so patients with medicare can get it. ...Read more

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My (almost) 5 year old son had the chickenpox vaccine when he was 1. Is one dose enough? Is he at risk when near a person with shingles?

Can't be sure/no: They estimate 85% success with 1 but having a 2nd dose no sooner than a month from the first brings that up to >95% protection. Only the actual drainage/debris from zoster sores have germs in it, so being in a persons vicinity does not place them at any risk, even if never vaccinated. ...Read more

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How long are shingles contagious? Is it safe for my three year old to go around someone who has shingles in their eyes and have been on antibiotics?

How long are shingles contagious? Is it safe for my three year old to go around someone who has shingles in their eyes and have been on antibiotics?

Local care issue: Shingles differs from chickenpox by not having a phase when oral secretions contain viral particles. The contagious material is limited to the wet or dry debris coming from the area involved. As long as the kid has no direct contact with that material she is at no risk. At three she should have had the vaccine already & if so it is unlikely that she could get sick from it anyway. ...Read more

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Can Post Viral Syndrome following shingles cause body wide neurological issues? I am a 36 year old man with a normal brain MRI worried about MS.

Can Post Viral Syndrome following shingles cause body wide neurological issues? I am a 36 year old man with a normal brain MRI worried about MS.

While there have..: ...probably been cases where this sequence of events was thought to be associated, this is not a common identifiable pathway for MS to develop. Millions of cases of post-viral syndrome or shingles occur without resulting in MS. The normal brain MRI is reassuring. I would definitely not worry about this. Continue to work with your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Recurring rash on L button cheek. Preceded with severe back pain. Aprox 4 times a year. A biopsy determined that it is not shingles or cancer.?

Recurring rash on L button cheek. Preceded with severe back pain. Aprox 4 times a year. A biopsy determined that it is not shingles or cancer.?

Allergic reaction?: It may represent an allergic reaction to a medication, clothing or something else in your daily life that you apply to the same aeea every 4 minths. Check your habits or get a second opinion on dx ...Read more

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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

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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

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: 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

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I have trigeminal neuralgia, had shingles recently, and now experiencing hand tremors in my right hand - I'm a 44 year old female. The only person I am aware of with Parkinson's is a cousin of my mothers. (Not sure how to describe relation to me). The h

I have trigeminal neuralgia, had shingles recently, and now experiencing hand tremors in my right hand - I'm a 44 year old female. The only person I am aware of with Parkinson's is a cousin of my mothers. (Not sure how to describe relation to me). The h

Hand tremor: May have nothing to do with trigeminal neuralgia, shingle or Parkinson's disease. (There are many causes for a hand tremor) The best approach to sorting this all out is to consult with a /your neurologist. Hopefully the medication you are taking for the shingles and the trigeminal neuralgia are not contributing to or causing your tremor. If you have a specific question we can gladly address this ...Read more

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I'm 57 years old how old do you have to be to get the shingles shot.

Usually over 50 yrs: The shingles vaccine is recommended for everyone age 50 or older who does not have compromised immune system. Insurance companies may not support injections for shingles below 65 years of age you can pay out of pocket at earlier age. ...Read more

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I had shingles when I was 11 years old. I ghink I may have them again is it possible?

Yes: It is highly unlikely that you had a case of shingles at 11yrs old. It is more likely that you developed chicken pox at that age. Shingles is a reactivation of the virus that causes chicken pox - varicella zoster. If you are 50yrs or older you are a candidate for the Shingles vaccine - Zostavax. If you think you have shingles, see a cliniican asap, as treatment needs to be started w/i 3 days ...Read more

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I have shingles for the 3rd time. I'm only 28 years old. What is going on? Should I be tested for other things?

Doubt VZV? HSV2: You do not describe where your "shingles" are located. Varicella-zoster shingles only rarely recur especially in someone as young as you. If your lesions are anywhere near your genital area or buttocks it is probably herpes simplex virus 2 or genital herpes that is recurring. If this is the case valacyclovir tablets from your physician can prevent these recurrences. ...Read more

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I'm 26 and have had at least 4 shingles outbreaks in the last 5 years. Is this indicative of something more serious?

Why?: It is very uncommon at this young age to have shingle let alone four of them. It is an indicative of suppressed immune system. I do not want to get to detail since this is some thing you need to explore with your doctor. My answer is it might be an indicator of serious underlying illness and need to be explored as soon as possible. Best of wishes. ...Read more

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Shingles at 19 years old, is this possible?

Shingles at 19 years old, is this possible?

It happens: I've seen it in toddlers as early as 15 months and it is seen throughout life. Though more common in older adults, it is not rare. ...Read more

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My aunt 60 years old has shingles. Its been 32 days she says she feels like she is burning from the inside. What can she do?

Shingles pain: I would hope her treating physician is treating both the shingles and the pain! There is no reason one should suffer needlessly with this significant condition. And for all those reading the shingles vaccine is available! ...Read more

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If you are over 80 years old should you get a shingles shot. It is not covered by medicare.?

If you are over 80 years old should you get a shingles shot. It is not covered by medicare.?

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

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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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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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