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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)

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


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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?

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

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

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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.

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 more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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