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Is it ok to travel with shingles?

Is it ok to travel with shingles?

Yes, but cover up: Shingles is re-activated chicken pox. Unlike chicken pox, it is only spread through direct contact. Keep your rash covered with bandages and clothing to avoid spreading it to others. It is often painful, discuss pain medication and your travel plans with your doctor. Now you can prevent shingles with a vaccine.

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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


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Is it ok to expose shingles to sun?

Is it ok to expose shingles to sun?

Yes: Unlike cold sores, it can be exposed to the sun but the lesions will be more susceptible to a sunburn.

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Is it ok to expose in the sun while you have shingles?

Is it ok to expose in the sun while you have shingles?

Sun exposure: In general, uv radiation is not good for any open wound in terms of healing, a herpes rash is no different. It's recommended to keep the affected area covered and out of the sun to ensure proper healing.

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Can young adults (early 20's) be diagnosed with shingles?

Can young adults (early 20's) be diagnosed with shingles?

Yes but rare: Depending on the severity of the shingles (zoster) and risk factors, your doctor may decide to investigate for underlying systemic conditions associated with an immunocomprised state.

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I had shingles at 28. Can I have them again, I'm in my 50's.?

I had shingles at 28. Can I have them again, I'm in my 50's.?

Shingles?: Yes, the virus is in u body and I advise u to take vaccine for it.

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Lidocaine ok for shingles?

Lidocaine ok for shingles?

Shingles and lidocai: Sure if it works for you. You would be in much better shape than with the opioids.

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How long does it take for shingles scabs to completely heal and fall ok.

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How long does it take for shingles scabs to completely heal and fall ok.

2-4 weeks: From the beginning of the rash to when the scabs fall off usually is around 2-4 weeks.

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What s shingles its cause by a particular food eaten. What do I run away from. What drugs doct?

Shingles: Shingles is reactivation of the varicella virus. You can only get it if you had chicken pox in the past.

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Ok I'm a roofer and I have some knots on my body. Do u think it's from the fiberglass from the shingles?

Fiberglass: These fibers can induce allergic reactions on the surface of the skin. If they are embedded below the surface they can initiate chronic inflammation that could conceivably result in the types of lesions you are describing, but these would usually be red, itching and very uncomfortable. My advice would be to let a doctor examine these. There are several other possibilities and you need to be seen.

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What is shingles?

What is shingles?

Herpes zoster: Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) is an infection caused by the chicken pox virus. Those who had chicken pox previously recovered from the disease, but never got rid of the virus where it was dormant until the shingles outbreak. Treatments (and a vaccine) are available; see your doctor for more information.

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What is shingles?

What is shingles?

Rash: Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes the chicken pox. The virus remains inactive in your body and becomes active again years later. The patient has pain/tingling/burning in a very specific area on one half of the body (dermatome-see picture). A rash appears in the same area. Someone with these symptoms should see their physician right away to get started on treatment.

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What is shingles?

What is shingles?

Herpes zoster: Shingles (herpes zoster) is reactivation of the varicella zoster (chickenpox virus), which lives in your nerve cells after you've had chickenpox. It causes painful blisters on a red rash that occur in a linear band on one side of the body. Early treatment speeds recovery.

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What is shingles?

Herpes Zoster: Infection of the nerve and skin usually as a reactivation of the chicken pox virus.

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What are shingles?

WHAT IS SHINGLES: Shingles is an infectious condition caused by varicella virus which causes chicken pox. Once some one has had chicken pox and it clears ou, the virus stays dormant or inactive in your body for years, and then for some reason it becomes activated, comes out and attack the body and attacks the nerves, appears as rash looks like blistrs and can end up causing severe pain after the rash disappears.

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Who gets shingles?

Anyone: It is usually a reoccurrence of the chicken pox virus --- more common in the elderly.

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What is shingles?

What is shingles?

Chicken pox: Shingles is basically a reactivated form of the virus that causes chicken pox (varicella). Also called zoster or herpes zoster. Since we really don't clear the chicken pox virus from our system it can remain dormant and the later on in life reactivate to form the typical shingles clinical pattern.

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What are shingles?

Shingles: Shingles is also called herpes zoster. It is caused by the herpes varicella virus and represents a reactivation of chicken pox.

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What are shingles?

Shingles: Shingles is a re-emergence of a the chicken pox virus. It pops up along a single nerve and creates a painful, red rash that is often in a line (along the course of the nerve). The rash usually has yellow bubbles (vesicles) surrounded by redness. There are meds to make it go away quicker and prevent chronic pain in the affected nerve. There is also a vaccine if you are over 55.

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Is shingles painful?

Absolutely!: If pain persists after the rash is gone - postherpetic neuralgia (phn) - it needs to be treated aggressively so it does not last forever. The greater the severity and duration of the rash, the more like you are to have phn. Also, the older you are when you have shingles, the more likely you are to have phn. See a board certified pain specialist for help. Don't accept that it will just "go away.".

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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