Doctor insights on: 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
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