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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
Yes: Shingles can affect any part of your body, some areas maybe more serious or concerning than others like around the eyes for example. ...Read more
Not likely.: Shingles is nearly always limited to one side of the body. In a person with an abnormal immune system the disease could be disseminated. ...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
Is it possible to get shingles if you have not had chickenpox but have been vaccinated against it?
Yes: It is possible to get shingles in the future even after a chickenpox vaccine. ...Read more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
Sooner or later....: If you live long enough, sooner or later you'll get shingles (zoster). While most common in the elderly, it can show up in young adults as well. Fortunately: most people only get it once; most cases aren't as bad as the drug companies want you to believe; medication (pills) are very helpful if treated early; and a vaccine "zostavax" can prevent it in many people, so discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: I have seen it as early as 15 months. All it takes is a past infection with chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine. Statistically the vaccine has less shingles than the wild virus but it can happen. Reactivation in early childhood follows the same pattern that is does in adults although the subjective complaints of pain prior to eruption seems to be less prominent. ...Read more
Shingles: First of course is getting on the appropriate anti-viral medication to treat the underlying cause of the shingles. Then based upon the nerve pain or itch there are numerous pain medications and nerve pain or anti-inflammatory medications that your physician can discuss with you. ...Read more
Same as if not: Shingles occurs when a hibernating zoster virus (chickenpox) reactivates and travels down a nerve group, causing pain and a breakout. I have seen it in toddlers. We are not sure why it occurs. Since it commonly occurs in older folks, most speculate that a weak period in someones immunity allows it to activate. ...Read more
Shingles usually 1 X: Shingles occur a second time in a second place less than 4% of the time. Shingles are a reactivation of the chicken pox virus that can remain dormant after you've been exposed to chicken pox, many years later. When the body's immune system becomes stressed and can't fight off the virus's attempt to reactivate, the virus spreads from the spinal ganglion along the nerve pathway to the skin. ...Read more
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