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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 possible to get shingles on your butt several times in the same area?

Is it possible to get shingles on your butt several times in the same area?

Yes: Shingles is a reactivation of the same virus that causes chicken pox. It typically occurs in the same dermatomal distribution of the body, so to answer your question, yes, it can re-occur in the same area. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get shingles on your butt?

Is it possible for you to get shingles on your butt?

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

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How is it possible to get shingles disease?

Reactivation: Shingles is a reactivation of the chicken pox virus (varicella-zoster) that lives dormant in nerve cells after the initial chicken pox infection. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get shingles on both sides of your body?

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

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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

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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.

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

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Is it possible to get shingles without having had chicken pox?

Is it possible to get shingles without having had chicken pox?

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

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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.

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.

Shingles: You must have had chicken pox, to get shingles. You can also get it if you have been immunized against chicken pox, but it is less likely. Shingles is more likely in people over 50, but children can get it, as well. ...Read more

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I got shingles once is it possible to get it a second time?

I got shingles once is it possible to get it a second time?

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

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Please explain if it is possible to get shingles twice, having had it an eye? May I take the new vaccine for this?

Please explain if it is possible to get shingles twice, having had it an eye? May I take the new vaccine for this?

Shingles: It is possible to get shingles again and again. The current indication for the shingles vaccine is for adults ages 50 and over. ...Read more

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How can I get shingles?

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

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Can I get shingles again?

It's Rare but Yes: The shingles can recurr, but it is extraordinarily rare. If it does, multiple times, you may have herpes. ...Read more

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Way do people get shingles?

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

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Shingles how do you get it?

Shingles how do you get it?

Shingles: Firstly you have to have had chickenpox at some stage. The virus goes dormant and then later gets reactivated giving you "shingles". ...Read more

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Can you get shingles from a pet?

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

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From where can you get shingles?

Yourself: If one has had chickenpox the virus never leaves your body. It stays dormant inside nerve near the spinal cord. A certain trigger wakes them up and they manifest as shingles. ...Read more

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What percent of people get shingles?

What percent of people get shingles?

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

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Can a small child of 3 get shingles?

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

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How can you get relief from shingles?

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

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Why and how do teenagers get shingles?

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

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How u stop the pain after u get shingles?

Shingles: This is bothersome. There are many options and you really should see a pain management doctor. Nsaids, topical agents, tens, cold laser, injections, stronger pain medication if necessary may be used. ...Read more

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How many times can a person get shingles?

How many times can a person get shingles?

Infinite: No one knows. Get zostavax shot if over 50 years old. The main thing is to treat the pain (post heretic neuralgia). ...Read more

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Can I get the shingles more than one time?

Can I get the shingles more than one time?

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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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more