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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
Got shingles on March 17 & small rash. No blisters just red bumps. Didn't pop or pick scabs but bumps won't go away. Redness gone but not bumps. Scars?
Question diagnosis: Did you diagnose yourself or did a doctor make the diagnosis? In any case, it is time to consult a doctor as it is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you. ...Read more
Red blisters itchy and spread painful needle like pain when they pop up. A family member 39 has shingles but dr says no, on my hands/arms age 33?
Prob not shingles: Your doctor probably is correct that this isn't shingles. "Hands and arms" (plural) suggests this rash is on both sides of your body, which doesn't happen with shingles. Continue working with your doctor; or see a dermatologist. ...Read more
I have shingles all the blisters have pop and are scab over can I go to work I don't want anyone to catch chicken pox but still itchy and sore?
Yes....: Yes if you have taken anti- viral medication. ...Read more
Chiro says I have herniated disc causing acute onset sciatic nerve pain but shingles popped up at exact same time. Could all my pain be from shingles?
Where is the rash (what nerve root distribution (s)?
What does the MRI look like (you can attach pictures of the study) And what does the EMG show? (needs to be done at least 2 weeks after symptom onset for denervation pattern to be obvious. Treat for shingles and if symptom persist see a specialist to sort this out (neurologist or maybe a PMR physician. Hope this is helpful. ...Read more
I am 8 months pregnant and having shingles for more than a week. And today mid-wife poped out all my shingles in my back and didn't sanitized it and just walked away. Is this normal treat for the shingles?
I am not familiar: With treating shingles in this manner. This sounds like an odd approach. I will look forward to hearing from other Health Tap providers. ...Read more
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
No: There is no such evidence that incidence of shingles is increasing in younger population. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Absolutely!: If pain persists after the rash is gone - postherpetic neuralgia (phn) - it needs to be treated aggressively so it does not last forever. The greater the severity and duration of the rash, the more like you are to have phn. Also, the older you are when you have shingles, the more likely you are to have phn. See a board certified pain specialist for help. Don't accept that it will just "go away.". ...Read more
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
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
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