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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is 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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Which conditions could explain an otherwise healthy 33 year old, non-smoking, caucasian female having 6 pneumonia and 2 shingles outbreaks in 5 years?

Which conditions could explain an otherwise healthy 33 year old, non-smoking, caucasian female having 6 pneumonia and 2 shingles outbreaks in 5 years?

Immune suppression: Check for vitamin deficiencies and complete a full battery of immune system tests including hiv, complement system, thyroid function tests, complete blood count with differential. Also consider stress and anxiety as major factors. ...Read more

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Are shingles and pneumonia connected?

Are shingles and pneumonia connected?

Shingles and pneumon: Not usually. They can be related as shingles usually comes out in a period of low defense like when when has a pneumonia. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have pneumonia? Had the flu 3 weeks ago, got better, now feels like a cold with cough w/phlem, 98.0, chills. Shingles vac last week.

How do I know if I have pneumonia? Had the flu 3 weeks ago, got better, now feels like a cold with cough w/phlem, 98.0, chills. Shingles vac last week.

Watch closely: In many cases, a person getting over the flu, develop a what is called a secondary pneumonia. This occurs when the respiratory lining, damaged by the initial viral onslaught, is now vulnerable to bacterial attack. Your situation is not uncommon- you are at risk for a pneumonia so if your symptoms worsen, see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I just received a pneumonia immunization as part of a physical exam and the doctor recommended a shingles vaccine. How soon can I get that vaccine?

I just received a pneumonia immunization as part of a physical exam and the doctor recommended a shingles vaccine. How soon can I get that vaccine?

Now: According to CDC guideline, you should be able to get shingle vaccine now as long as you do not have active shingle rashes. In addition, if two vaccines are administered in one visit or closely, a different site for injection is preferred if possible. ...Read more

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Have shingles lt side scalp 2 days ago, Viprex 1000mg tid 7 days. In ICU April 14 x8 day bacterial pneumonia and sepsis. Should I take ABX for PPX?

Have shingles lt side scalp 2 days ago, Viprex 1000mg tid 7 days.  In ICU April 14 x8 day bacterial pneumonia and sepsis. Should I take ABX for PPX?

Ask your doctor: Most people with normal immune systems and general good health do not benefit from prophylactic antibiotics. Particular medical advice is best given by a physician who knows the crucial details of your individual case. ...Read more

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Will the shingles shot make your arm as sore as the phemonia shot ?

Shingles shot: There can be some muscle soreness and local inflammation secondary to the shingles shot. The benefits far outweigh any discomfort for a couple days. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more