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Is Bausch + Lomb Zirgan (ganciclovir ophthalmic gel) eye drops usually used to treat Shingles (herpes zoster) in the eye?

Is Bausch + Lomb Zirgan (ganciclovir ophthalmic gel) eye drops usually used to treat Shingles (herpes zoster) in the eye?

Herpes zoster tx: The standard approach to herpes zoster opthalmicus is to treat with antiviral therapy using a systemic drug like acyclovir, valacyclovir or famciclovir. However, gangciclovir ophthalmic gel is still indicated for treatment of herpes zoster opthalmicus. Treatment depends on the symptoms, because if there are systemic shingles symptoms present, a systemic antiviral should be started. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster), occurring in people who have had chicken pox some time in their past. ...Read more


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Can I use erythromycin ophthalmic ointment for possible ocular herpes simplex?

Can I use erythromycin ophthalmic ointment for possible ocular herpes simplex?

No: Erythromycin is a useful antibiotic effective against susceptible bacteria. It has no action against viruses including the herpes virus. There are very good anti-virals to treat herpes and if you suspect this condition see you ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment as herpes untreated can sometimes cause vision to drop. ...Read more

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Is Predforte eye drops usually used to treat Shingles (herpes zoster) in the eye?

Is Predforte eye drops usually used to treat Shingles (herpes zoster) in the eye?

Yes but:: The standard approach to herpes zoster ophthalmicus includes oral antiviral therapy (acyclovir, valacyclovir, or famciclovir) to limit VZV replication, and the use adjunctive topical steroid drops to reduce the inflammatory response and control immune-associated keratitis and iritis ...Read more

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Erythromycin ophthalmic ointment- can I use for possible ocular herpes?

No effect: Herpes is a virus for which a particular medication is available for treatment. Erythromycin is an anti-bacterial antibiotic ineffective against viruses. See you ophthalmologist if you suspect ocular herpes as if it is untreated, it can cause permanent vision change. ...Read more

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Terramycin ophthalmic ointment can cure eye stye?

Terramycin ophthalmic ointment can cure eye stye?

Warm Compresses: A stye, or chalazion, is an obstructed or infected oil gland of the eyelid. Use of warm compresses (a wash rag soaked in warm water) held over the closed eye for 10 minutes a few times a day will usually help the stye to resolve. Sometimes antibiotic eye ointment and less commonly oral antibiotics can help as well. If the stye has been there chronically (months), surgical drainage may be needed. ...Read more

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Could herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active herpes zoster?

Could herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active herpes zoster?

Why ?????: Giving the vaccine to anyone with active shingles would be a waste of time, resources and effort. It would not treat the infection or benefit the recipient in any way. ...Read more

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Dx. atypical TN. Possibly shingles virus on the trigeminal nerve. If shingles why did ENT not prescribe an anti-viral med?

 Dx. atypical TN.   Possibly  shingles virus on the trigeminal nerve. If shingles why did ENT not prescribe an anti-viral med?

Possible Shingles: Only your Ear Nose Doctor can answer this question. "Possibly shingles" means the diagnosis was questionable. If testing was done and confirmed shingles the treatment was probably indicated. Give your doctor a call to clarify and answer your question. Good luck ...Read more

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Can the shingles vaccination prevent shingles?

Yes: The shingles vaccine, zostavax, is available to adults in a particular age group. Zostavax helps prevent shingles, but is not completely protective. Some people can still get shingles even though they were vaccinated. Zostavax costs about $250 if not covered by insurance. ...Read more

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Can herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active zoster?

No: No, someone with active zoster will not benefit from the herpes zoster vaccine, which is used for prevention, not treatment. ...Read more

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Can getting an eye transplant cure optic neuritis?

Can getting an eye transplant cure optic neuritis?

Unrelated: The only current transplant is corneal transplantation. There is no way to transplant a whole eye or any part of the eye nerves. If you have optic neuritis, you can benefit from some forms of treatment which are best managed by a neuro-ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Can topical steroid treatment be given in viral diseases like varicella, herpes, chicken pox infections?

Can topical steroid treatment be given in viral diseases like varicella, herpes, chicken pox infections?

Topical Steroids : Topical steroids used on viral infection can affect the healing process. In fact the lesions may heal a lot slower. If you want to use topical steroids to decrease inflammation make sure you also take oral antiviral medications at the same time. ...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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The best treatment for herpes zoster's neuropathy?

The best treatment for herpes zoster's neuropathy?

Post herpetic: Post herpetic neuralgia is a very painful condition that can occur after an outbreak of shingles which is a reactivation of the chickenpox virus usually occurring in older people. It can be very tough to treat. Different nerve pain medications can be helpful. Topical Lidocaine patches can help and there is also a topical capsaicin patch that is applied for one hour in the office. Nerve blocks occ. ...Read more

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Creams for shingles?

Compounding creams: There are some excellent creams for shingles out there. One of the best compounding pain medication ingredients is ketamine. Recent research suggests the receptors ketamine acts on are found in peripheral nerves. Ask your physician if they can prescribe compounding pain cream from a compounding pharmacy and this will help a great deal with shingles pain. ...Read more

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What is the difference between herpes zoster and varicella zoster virus?

What is the difference between herpes zoster and varicella zoster virus?

Herpes zoster...: ...Is the return of the infection caused by the varicella zoster virus. The first time this infection occurs, it is called varicella. ...Read more

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I had ophthalmic shingles back in June 2017. The redness in my cornea persists after I stop Tobradex. Is it ok to use Tobradex every time the redness is back? Is there another medication that can help treat this condition or has this become chronic?

I had ophthalmic shingles back in June 2017. The redness in my cornea persists after I stop Tobradex. Is it ok to use Tobradex every time the redness is back? Is there another medication that can help treat this condition or has this become chronic?

See your ophth: Tobradex is a combination antibiotic and steroid that should be used at the direction of an experienced ophthalmologist. Talk to your doctor for an evaluation and to see if you also need other treatments to manage ongoing or recurrent inflammation. This is important, because it can have a long term effect on your vision. ...Read more

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White crescent shaped bump along bottom of iris. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmintosa (not severe). Had shingles in eye within last 6 months.

White crescent shaped bump along bottom of iris. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmintosa (not severe). Had shingles in eye within last 6 months.

Seek exam: This could be so many things, most of them would be nothing to worry about. But, any bump should probably be seen by an ophthalmologist just to be sure. ...Read more

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Is Bausch + Lomb Zirgan (ganciclovir ophthalmic gel) eye drops usually used to treat Shingles (herpes zoster) in the eye?

Herpes zoster tx: The standard approach to herpes zoster opthalmicus is to treat with antiviral therapy using a systemic drug like acyclovir, valacyclovir or famciclovir. However, gangciclovir ophthalmic gel is still indicated for treatment of herpes zoster opthalmicus. Treatment depends on the symptoms, because if there are systemic shingles symptoms present, a systemic antiviral should be started. ...Read more

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What s shingles its cause by a particular food eaten.What do I run away from.What drugs doct?

Shingles: Shingles is reactivation of the varicella virus. You can only get it if you had chicken pox in the past. ...Read more

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Can young adults (early 20's) be diagnosed with shingles?

Can young adults (early 20's) be diagnosed with shingles?

Yes but rare: Depending on the severity of the shingles (zoster) and risk factors, your doctor may decide to investigate for underlying systemic conditions associated with an immunocomprised state. ...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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What is shingles?

What is shingles?

Herpes zoster: Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) is an infection caused by the chicken pox virus. Those who had chicken pox previously recovered from the disease, but never got rid of the virus where it was dormant until the shingles outbreak. Treatments (and a vaccine) are available; see your doctor for more information. ...Read more

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What is shingles?

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What is shingles?

Rash: Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes the chicken pox. The virus remains inactive in your body and becomes active again years later. The patient has pain/tingling/burning in a very specific area on one half of the body (dermatome-see picture). A rash appears in the same area. Someone with these symptoms should see their physician right away to get started on treatment. ...Read more

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What is shingles?

What is shingles?

Herpes zoster: Shingles (herpes zoster) is reactivation of the varicella zoster (chickenpox virus), which lives in your nerve cells after you've had chickenpox. It causes painful blisters on a red rash that occur in a linear band on one side of the body. Early treatment speeds recovery. ...Read more

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What is shingles?

Herpes Zoster : Infection of the nerve and skin usually as a reactivation of the chicken pox virus. ...Read more

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What are shingles?

WHAT IS SHINGLES: Shingles is an infectious condition caused by varicella virus which causes chicken pox.Once some one has had chicken pox and it clears ou, the virus stays dormant or inactive in your body for years , and then for some reason it becomes activated, comes out and attack the body and attacks the nerves, appears as rash looks like blistrs and can end up causing severe pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more

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What is shingles ?

Chicken pox: Shingles is basically a reactivated form of the virus that causes chicken pox (varicella). Also called zoster or herpes zoster. Since we really don't clear the chicken pox virus from our system it can remain dormant and the later on in life reactivate to form the typical shingles clinical pattern. ...Read more

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What are shingles?

Shingles: Shingles is also called herpes zoster. It is caused by the herpes varicella virus and represents a reactivation of chicken pox. ...Read more

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What are shingles?

Shingles : Shingles is a re-emergence of a the chicken pox virus. It pops up along a single nerve and creates a painful, red rash that is often in a line (along the course of the nerve). The rash usually has yellow bubbles (vesicles) surrounded by redness. There are meds to make it go away quicker and prevent chronic pain in the affected nerve. There is also a vaccine if you are over 55. ...Read more

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What triggers shingles?

Decreased immunity: Shingles is a reappearance of chickenpox or varicella zoster virus. After the initial outbreak of chicken pox, the virus hides in the spinal cord in the dorsal root ganglion and may reappear later in life, when we are under high stress or lowered immunity. Long term corticosteroid use can increase the risk of zoster. Symptomsof impending rash include pain and paresthesias. ...Read more

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How are "shingles" contracted?

How are "shingles" contracted?

Shingles develops: In people who have previously been infected with chicken pox. Coming in contact with a shingles rash/blister can infect someone who doesn’t have immunity to chickenpox. But that person would get chicken pox - not shingles. ...Read more

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What causes shingles outbreaks?

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Stress: Stress or other conditions that lowers your immune system can prompt reactivation of vzv, the causative agent for chickenpox; this manifests as 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