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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)
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
That's strange at: This age. Please see his doctor asap. ...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!
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
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
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
Which conditions could explain an otherwise healthy 33 year old, non-smoking, caucasian female having 6 pneumonia and 2 shingles outbreaks in 5 years?
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?
85 year old relative has had shingles for a month, should pregnant person, only 10 weeks, stay away?
My 14 year old son has developed a shingles rash today. He has been to the doctor, but no antiviral drugs have been prescribed. Should we go back?
Yes: There is a medicine that helps treat shingles (more than one, actually), but it is only effective if started within the first few days of the rash. ...Read more
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
Mild intermittent nerve sensations in outer thighs. Healthy 29 year old female. 11 month old baby. Weak knees. Had shingles 5 years ago.
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
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
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
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
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
20 year old female, have gotten shingles twice in the past two years. Any possible reason why? Just recovered from traumatic brain injury.
Need immune check: You are young to be having shingles. You should speak to your doctor about checking your immune system. ...Read more
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
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
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.?
A 72 year old male with a history of shingles and post herpetic neuralgia gets exposed to a child with chicken pox. Any risk of shingles recurrence?
No risk: This way but shingle can reoccur rarely. ...Read more
How can I see a doctor with no money? I am a 29 year old male. In 2009 I had a outbreak of shingles that covered the right side of my face from my nose up to my hairline. In 2010 I had a second outbreak. I have mild discomfort after the first outbreak, an
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Would you recommend the shingles vaccine for a 65 year old patient taking 7.5mg methotrexate once weekly for rheumatoid arthritis?
Hello~ ZOSTAVAX +65yo + MTX??
ANSWER: YES ABSOLUTELY DEFINITELY
THANKS ...Read more
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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