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Is It Possible To Get Shingles On Your Butt
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
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.
Not Likely: After you have gotten over a case of chickenpox (varicella), this is followed by the establishment of a latent infection. The virus basically hangs out in our body for year with no symptoms until it reactivates or become shingles. Shingles usually develop when our immune system takes a hit. This can be related to old age or other diseases that affect our immune system. No worries if young/healthy ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible to get shingles a week after it was on your eye even if you're on meds for it? I have widespread pain now.
Yes: While not impossible, you're pretty young to have shingles which is reactivated chickenpox. It also seems early to have developed post-herpetic neuralgia especially if you're taking an antiviral. Plus that pain is always isolated to the affected nerve root (dermatome) and not "widespread". Therefore, it's a good idea to go see doc who made diagnosis & treated you. Tell him/her what you've noted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes and no: Chickenpox usually precedes shingles by many years or decades. However, chicken pox can be very mild, and not diagnosed, or the illness may be forgotten. An infection with chicken pox virus, whether a classical illness with many lesions, or a few lesions, always precedes shingles. A shingles vaccine or adults over 50 or 60 years, reduces the severity and incidence of shingles. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible to get shingles if I never had chicken pox?? Or does it always have to be a reactivation of the chicken pox virus? Thanks.
Yes.: Your immunity has probably been boosted by your recent outbreak and you may be protected from another outbreak for a period of time, but no one knows for sure how long that might be. ...Read more
Please explain if it is possible to get shingles twice, having had it an eye? May i take the new vaccine for this?
Herpes zoster: Shingles , also called herpes or varicella zoster, occurs when the v. Zoster virus is reactivated after being dormant within nerve roots since a previous episode of chickenpox. Shingles occurs mainly in people over age 50 and in people with immunosuppressed states that allow the virus to "wake up". ...Read more
Viral infection: Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Once you are infected with chicken pox, the Varicella Zoster virus remains in your body for life. At certain times of stress, or illness, your immune system and get what's called Herpes Zoster (shingles). Not everyone will get shingles, but it is relatively common. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Shingles occurs when the virus which causes chickenpox stays in your body in the nerve endings permanently and reactivates as herpes zoster (shingles). It is conceivable that a pet could have the virus on its coat after touching lesions and then somehow transmit it rapidly (viruses die quickly) to another person who would then get chickenpox, and not shingles. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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