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What is the best treatment of herpes zoster infection?

What is the best treatment of herpes zoster infection?

Anti-viral: Herpes zoster is a reactivation of the virus that causes chicken pox. The virus sits in the nerves and comes out later in life. This causes a painful rash that doesn't cross the middle of the body. Anti-viral medications are used to control the symptoms. ...Read more

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Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Does Igg and IgM indicate if a person is being tested for a herpes zoster infection?

Does Igg and IgM indicate if a person is being tested for a herpes zoster infection?

Not sure: of your question. If Igg zoster antibodies are low, there may not be immunity; if Igm is high, it is an indication of acute infection. So if these tests are being run, that is why. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with herpes zoster infection. But yesterday I had a sudden blackout. Have been on valacyclovir and clavam since Friday.

I have been diagnosed with herpes zoster infection. But yesterday I had a sudden blackout. Have been on valacyclovir and clavam since Friday.

Both of these drugs: can be associated with passing out. More likely with the Valtrex than with the Clavam but potential for either. You should notify your health care provider and potentially go in for a reevaluation before continuing the medications. ...Read more

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Painful, itchy rash on palms of hands & soles of feet, followed shortly by acute infection of 1 eye (treated) but rash persists. Herpes Zoster?

Not Zoster: Pustulosis palmaris et plantaris. Dyshidrotic eczema. Pompholix. Psoriasis. Id reaction. See a dermatologist for diagnosis and therapy. ...Read more

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My roomie has shingles under his armpit, how can I prevent to get herpes zoster from him? (I had varicella when I was a kid)

My roomie has shingles under his armpit, how can I prevent to get herpes zoster from him? (I had varicella when I was a kid)

You're in luck...: Shingles comes from within. A person who had varicella in childhood should have immunity to varicella, and should have varicella virus remaining inside some of his or her cells' DNA. Such a person should not be able to "catch" the virus from anyone else. However, the virus that is living in such person's DNA can form new copies of the virus, which travel to the skin surface to cause "shingles". ...Read more

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Is herpes and shingles the same thing? What about herpes zoster?

Is herpes and shingles the same thing? What about herpes zoster?

Shingles: Herpes zoster is the medical word for shingles. When you get chicken pox the virus (herpes) rests in a nerve of your spine. Years later, if you are under stress or sick you can get shingles which is on one side of your body and can be very painful. If is not uncommon for the pain to start before the rash. ...Read more

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What food should be taken when you have herpes zoster? Thanks in advance

Shingle's Diet : There is no well studied scientific evidence that a certain food should be eaten or avoided in setting of herpez zoster (shingles). A healthy varied diet is advised to help provide the essential nutrients the body needs to deal with the infection. Adequate water intake is also important. ...Read more

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How can we identify a Herpes zoster patient?

How can we identify a Herpes zoster patient?

Herpes zoster: Shingles occurs in people with history of prior chicken pox. Can occur many years after chicken pox when the persons immune system gets weak. The lesions are usually blisters that follow a single dermatome and does not cross the mid line of the body ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...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