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Bathing (Definition)

Anything dropped in a fluid filled compartment is said to be bathing. The most common is the human body in a tub, but you can bathe your arm or leg at certain times (and your pets). Food soaked in savory fluid is also said to be bathing (such as bathing rama ...Read more


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Docs, could a shingles sufferer take a bath without suffering bad effects?

Docs, could a shingles sufferer take a bath without suffering bad effects?

Shingles & Baths: Hello.
No. You are not restricted with baths.
Colloidal oatmeal (not the eating kind- Aveeno is an example which can be found at Walmart) and starch baths (yes cornstarch) can be soothing to the area of the body that is being attacked by the shingles virus.
Make sure that your clothes, sheets, towels, etc. Are washed in hot water AND separate from those in the home not suffering from shingles. ...Read more

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What percentage of shingles patients develop complications?

What percentage of shingles patients develop complications?

It depends: Complications of herpes zoster (shingles) depend on the age of the patient as well as the immune competence. ...Read more

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Should a patient who is on methatraxate be given the shingles vacine?

Should a patient who is on methatraxate be given the shingles vacine?

No issue!: The methotrexate is activated by a process called polyglutimization. It takes 2 and one half months! Missing two MTX shots is meaningless! ...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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Can I work with elderly patients if I have shingles?

Can I work with elderly patients if I have shingles?

Depends. . .: Try to avoid working w/anyone while you still have liquid blisters. Of course, rules in ireland might be different those in states. In general, wait until all blisters are dried up. Otherwise, it's possible to give chickenpox to those elderly patients who've never had chickenpox. Since you can't tell who had chickenpox & who hasn't, it's best to wait until your blisters are resolved. ...Read more

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Does a patient need to be isolated if he/she got herpes zoster (shingles)?

Does a patient need to be isolated if he/she got herpes zoster (shingles)?

From some people: A person with Herpes Zoster is essentially shedding the chicken pox virus.Anyone who has already had chicken pox or who has been vaccinated against it is not at risk. Anyone who has never had the pox or vaccine could be at risk. If in contact w/ a Zoster (shingles) patient, even if you are immune, use good hand-washing to prevent spread to non-immune bystanders. ...Read more

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Should methotrexate patients get shingles vaccine?

Should methotrexate patients get shingles vaccine?

Dose dependent: This judgement has to be made by the provider. Technically low dose Methotrexate is not considered a contraindication to receiving the shingles vaccine. But only your provider will have a full picture of your immune status. Shingles vaccine is a live vaccine and not given to those with significant immunosuppression. ...Read more

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How to explain what a varicella zoster (shingles) is to a parent or a patient?

How to explain what a varicella zoster (shingles) is to a parent or a patient?

When weak: When you are weak, the virus grows stronger. And comes out through your nerves, and that is why it hurts. Until there is a crust, you can infect others. ...Read more

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How could you explain what a varicella zoster (shingles) is to a parent or a patient?

How could you explain what a varicella zoster (shingles) is to a parent or a patient?

Virus: Shingles is a herpes zoster virus that can occur in anyone who has had chicken pox (herpes simplex) There are currently injections which aid in the prevention of shingles. ...Read more

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Getting conflicting answers on whether an asplenic patient should get shingles vaccine?

Getting conflicting answers on whether an asplenic patient should get shingles vaccine?

If you are 60+,: And have no other contraindications, there is no reason not to get the shingles vaccine. Anyone telling you that being asplenic should keep you from getting this live attenuated vaccine has no understanding about asplenism. ...Read more

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Should transplant patients stay away from people with shingles vaccine?

Should transplant patients stay away from people with shingles vaccine?

Probably safe: A person who has received a shingles vaccine is not contagious unless he develops a chicken pox-like rash. If a rash develops, the vaccinated person should restrict contact w/ a transplant patient (or anyone else) if that patient is susceptible to chickenpox. If the kidney transplant patient already had chicken pox, he is not at risk. ...Read more

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Do doctors prescribe patients zovifax for shingles, since shingles/chickenpox are cause by the herpes virus?

Do doctors prescribe patients zovifax for shingles, since shingles/chickenpox are cause by the herpes virus?

Depends on each case: Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is one of eight herpes viruses known to cause human infection and is distributed worldwide, usually self limited but can cause significant complications, such as soft tissue infection, pneumonia, hepatitis, reye syndrome, and encephalitis. Patients at increased risk of complications include adults, pregnant women, and immunosuppressed hosts. ...Read more

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Can you pass chicken pox along to hospital patients (infants and children) during the early stages of shingles?

Can you pass chicken pox along to hospital patients (infants and children) during the early stages of shingles?

Yes: You are infective if you have active lesions, and should not exposure the lesions to vulnerable people. ...Read more

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What is a good way to deal with acute shingles pain without nsaids. Ex cold or hot pack or bath vitamins or supplements etc.?

What is a good way to deal with acute shingles pain without nsaids. Ex cold or hot pack or bath vitamins or supplements etc.?

If only you could: I wish I could tell you there is some great home remedy for shingles pain but I have never heard of it. Nothing works very well. The nerve is in the "on" mode and is screaming at your brain that something hurts. If you don't like medicine, you could try accupuncture. Now the real problem. Once in a while, shingles happens because something else is wrong that you are unaware of. Call your doc. ...Read more

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Does herpes zoster spreads if come in touch with water? Can I take a bath or should I avoid contact with water in affected area?

Does herpes zoster spreads if come in touch with water? Can I take a bath or should I avoid contact with water in affected area?

Bath, shower is fine: Bathing and showering is fine, because a person with shingles (herpes zoster outbreak on part of his body) won't spread it to another part of his body via bathing or showering. The outbreak on the skin comes from INSIDE the body, not due to viruses entering the skin from the outside. ...Read more

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How can we identify a Herpes zoster patient?

How can we identify a Herpes zoster patient?

Herpes zoster: Shingles occurs in people with history of prior chicken pox. Can occur many years after chicken pox when the persons immune system gets weak. The lesions are usually blisters that follow a single dermatome and does not cross the mid line of the body ...Read more

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Can we give steroid with acyclovir in chicken pox or herpes zoster patient?

Can we give steroid with acyclovir in chicken pox or herpes zoster patient?

I wouldn't: Any steroid taken during these outbreaks can suppress the body's immune response and increase the intensity of the outbreak. The worst case of chickenpox I ever saw involved a kid given steroids for a skin condition while he was incubating (10-21 days) the chickenpox. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects of taking a warm bath immediately after a chemotherapy patient takes one? Any danger of absorbing the chemo?

Are there any side effects of taking a warm bath immediately after a chemotherapy patient takes one? Any danger of absorbing the chemo?

No problem: If chemotherapy employed and there is no problem with BP, oral meds cant be affected in terms of absorption from GI tact by taking warm bath. If meds were given intravenously they are already in circulation and their distribution to the organs of the body are similarly unaffected. ...Read more

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I had shingles at 28. Can I have them again, I'm in my 50's.?

Shingles?: Yes, the virus is in u body and I advise u to take vaccine for it. ...Read more

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I’m having deep sharp, prickly pain that comes in waves in my lower abdominal area. It comes and goes every few minutes. It helps to put pressure on my stomic area but if I push to hard it goes back to hurting. It’s a pain like shingles but deep.

I’m having deep sharp, prickly pain that comes in waves in my lower abdominal area. It comes and goes every few minutes. It helps to put pressure on my stomic area but if I push to hard it goes back to hurting. It’s a pain like shingles but deep.

Doctor can examine: If one has very uncomfortable tummy pain, and is normally in good health, the possibilities include: appendicitis (usually R lower abdomen), diverticulitis, kidney stone (very painful), constipation (crampy), stomach flu, abdominal tumor, etc... Most people with "moderate pain, " more than mild pain, may need a doctor's evaluation to be sure it's not appendicitis, which usually needs surgery. ...Read more

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Lesion free shingles?

Sxs: Sometimes you may experience pain before ther appearance of the shingles rash. ...Read more

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Can shingles reoccur?

Yes: A person can have shingles more than once. His primary care doctor can evaluate to see if there is a weakness in his immune system (or just bad luck, older age, or other bodily stressors) that allowed him to have the first case of shingles. The doctor can give some advice on whether or not the patient should get the shingles vaccine to help prevent a recurrence of shingles. ...Read more

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How can I get shingles?

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

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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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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