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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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Can a baby really get shingles? What's the youngest age you've heard about?

Can a baby really get shingles?  What's the youngest age you've heard about?

No.: The youngest shingles patient i've ever treated was 3 -- and it's very rare for someone that young to get it. Normally, chicken pox is the childhood version of the disease, and shingles is the adult version. Babies rarely get either version, because for the first year of life they are protected by their mother's antibodies. That's why kids aren't immunized against chicken pox until age 1. ...Read more

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Had shingles at age 27, i'm 40, should I get a vaccine now?

Zostavax: The fda approved varicella-zoster vaccine (zostavax) for adults age 50 ; older. Talk with your physician about getting it at an earlier age. ...Read more

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What is the earliest age to get shingles vaccine?

What is the earliest age to get shingles vaccine?

VARICELLA: Varicella-zoster vaccine is given at one year of age. After that, those not given shots can be given x2 at one month apart. ...Read more

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Had a bad case of chickenpox at age 20, does that make me, at age 54, more or less likely to get shingles?

Had a bad case of chickenpox at age 20, does that make me, at age 54, more or less likely to get shingles?

Neither more or less: The only chickenpox age that raises the risk is very young, 50%. http://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/shingles-and-chickenpox-varicellazoster-virus Take care of yourself, but do relax about this concern. Your risk is not elevated. Be well! ...Read more

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Can i get shingles if i come in contact with a person with chikenpox? Had been a chikenpox patient. AGE 21.

Can i get shingles if i come in contact with a person with chikenpox? Had been a chikenpox patient. AGE 21.

No: If you had chickenpox or varicella, you are immune. The chickenpox virus lives in the dorsal horn of our spinal columns and may present as shingles. These lesions carry the chicken pox virus and are contagious to those who have not had chickenpox. All the best. ...Read more

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Had a bad case of chickenpox at age 21; am i more or less likely to get a case of shingles in later years; (more or less immunity?)

Had a bad case of chickenpox at age 21; am i more or less likely to get a case of shingles in later years; (more or less immunity?)

No change: Shingles is due to the same virus that causes chicken pox. The exact reason shingles comes back later in life is not known and the age chicken pox occurred should not affect when or if shingles occurs. A vaccine approved by the fda for individuals over 50(but not coveted by most insurance companies until age 60) reduces the incidence and severity of shingles and of the complications. ...Read more

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I am 84 years old and fairly healthy. My doctor says i don't need to get a shingles shot. He says that they are not as effective for someone my age. Do you agree>

I am 84 years old and fairly healthy.  My doctor says i don't need to get a shingles shot. He says that they are not as effective for someone my age.
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Hello. : Hello. I took this directly from the immunization action coalition "is there an upper age limit for receipt of the zoster vaccine? Local providers are reluctant to give zoster vaccine to persons age 80-plus years." "there is no upper age limit for zoster vaccine. The incidence of herpes zoster increases with age. It is known that about 50% of persons living until age 85 years will develop zoster." I do not know why your doctor provided that advice. ...Read more

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My dad got the shingles at age 30. Can i get it early to? At age 18? I've had chicken pox when i was 5. I'm 18 now

My dad got the shingles at age 30. Can i get it early to? At age 18? I've had chicken pox when i was 5. I'm 18 now

Maybe,maybe not: Shingles are a curious problem that happens when the chickenpox virus emerges from a state of hibernation and travels down a nerve root to the skin. It has been known to happen from infancy to old age and the trigger for its occurrence is not always evident. There is no reason to consider you more or less likely to have it when your parent did at a young age. ...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