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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)
Shingles is 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
I had a severe episode of shingles last year, when i was 36. I am in great health with no comorbid conditions. Why should I wait til 50, as I am being told to do? Shingles is pure pain!
Herpes Zoster: That would be most unusual , as shingles (herpes zoster) is the localized re-eruption of the chickenpox virus (varicella). Most infants have trans-placental anti-varicella antibody that protects them from chickenpox until at least 6 months of age. The antibody levels decline gradually to non-protective levels by 1 year which is why the first varicella vaccine is usually given at 1 yr of age. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was diagnosed with shingles - I have it on right side of my back, but now see it on back of thigh too, is that normal. I'm 26 year old healthy femal?
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.
Not Likely: After you have gotten over a case of chickenpox (varicella), this is followed by the establishment of a latent infection. The virus basically hangs out in our body for year with no symptoms until it reactivates or become shingles. Shingles usually develop when our immune system takes a hit. This can be related to old age or other diseases that affect our immune system. No worries if young/healthy ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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