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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.

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 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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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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