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What is the symtoms of shingles and is it dangerous? Can it cause muscular pain and tiredness/fatique?

What is the symtoms of shingles and is it dangerous? Can it cause muscular pain and tiredness/fatique?

Rash: Rash on one side of the body is the most characteristic finding of shingles. You may consult this site for more info in this topic: https://www. Webmd. Com/skin-problems-and-treatments/shingles/tc/shingles-symptoms#1
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...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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Can shingles cause fatigue as one of the symptoms?

Can shingles cause fatigue as one of the symptoms?

Besides...: Besides the localized pain and rash that shingles cause it may also present with flu like symptoms. So yes, you may experience symptoms of weakness and fatigue although this is not the most common or prominent symptom with this type of viral infection. ...Read more

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Numb left side of lips/tongue w/ extreme fatigue for 7 days. Dr. thought it was due to shingles virus but no other shingles symptoms. Any ideas?

Numb left side of lips/tongue w/ extreme fatigue for 7 days. Dr. thought it was due to shingles virus but no other shingles symptoms. Any ideas?

Shingles: Shingle can occur anywhere in the body, usually as painful blisters affecting one side of the body. This is caused by chicken pox (herpes zoster) viral infection, which lies dormant in the nerve tissue and reactivate as shingles. It can heal by itself in 2 - 3 weeks. However, it can develop severe form and involve multiple nerves in immunocompromised person. Antiviral drug can shorten the course ...Read more

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I've been taking acyclovir for shingles and some of the side effects it says to consult a doctor about are confusion/ fatigue. Can I talk to someone?

I've been taking acyclovir for shingles and some of the side effects it says to consult a doctor about are confusion/ fatigue. Can I talk to someone?

Prob not acyclovir: Acyclovir is an extremely safe drug and rarely causes side effects of any kind. It is not a likely cause of confusion or fatigue. However, a severe case of shingles could cause fatigue. This is something to discuss with the doctor who prescribed it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can reactivation of shingles cause pins nedls crawling bugs on skin severe at night with chills, fever, fatigue, nausea muscle aches /gulain barre syndme?

Unlikely: Some people think you can only get shingles once and
some others think you can get it more than once. It is unusual to get shingles in people under 40 years old.
Mild systemic symptoms are more associated with shingles, such as fatigue, low fever, more of a mild viral
syndrome. Chills, nausea, muscle aches would be unusual. To my knowledge gulain barre has not been
associated with shingles. ...Read more

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I've had extreme fatigue for two years now. Its debilitating and I have lost interest in almost everything I use to enjoy. Background: I'm a 20 year old female. I've had chicken pox twice (shingles) I got pityriasis rosea 1.5 years ago I get tonsil ston

I've had extreme fatigue for two years now. Its debilitating and I have lost interest in almost everything I use to enjoy. Background: I'm a 20 year old female. I've had chicken pox twice (shingles) I got pityriasis rosea 1.5 years ago I get tonsil ston

When: When someone mentions that "they have lost interest in the things they once enjoyed", it's a big red flag that the person is suffering from depression. Depression would also explain your fatigue and need to nap often - especially since you seem pretty healthy otherwise. (which is good!) st. John's wort has been shown to have modest benefit for mood improvement, but if you are still having symptoms, you may need a better medication and therapy. Research shows that people who engage in therapy and medication get better faster and stay better for a longer period of time than either therapy or medication alone. You should call your doctor and discuss your symptoms with them. They may be able to help you, or at least refer you to someone in your area who can help.

I added a link to a website with helpful information about depression.

There are a few other illnesses that can cause similar symptoms such as hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone) and your doctor may choose to check for this before starting medication. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can HSV 1or2 travel without contact or is it shingles? Shin has itchy blisters with shinbone/leg/groin pain/fatigue. Have had HSV forever.

Can HSV 1or2 travel without contact or is it shingles? Shin has itchy blisters with shinbone/leg/groin pain/fatigue. Have had HSV forever.

See answer: If you have orofacial or genital herpes (hsv-1/hsv-2), you cannot transmit the infection to another part of your body after initial infection occurs. That said, with genital herpes, one has infection of the l-4, l-5, and s-1 nerve roots which innervate the rectal area, buttocks and lateral aspect of the thigh and so outbreaks can occur in those areas. Shingles can affect any area of the body. ...Read more

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I just finished a 6 day treatment (Famciclovir) for herpes zoster and I feel fine just small fatigue but I cannot smell or taste anything. How come?

I just finished a 6 day treatment (Famciclovir) for herpes zoster and I feel fine just small fatigue but I cannot smell or taste anything. How come?

Uncertain: Famiclovir has not been described to cause the side effects you are describing. 32 years is relatively young to be suffering from zoster. You should see your doctor for a proper evaluation. ...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 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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Lesion free shingles?

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?

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

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How can you catch shingles?

Shingles: If you had chicken pox as a child, the virus is already in your body. It remains dormant in most people but can activate if the immunity is lower e.G in hiv, cancer or even old age.
These days it can be effectively treated if medical attention is sought early on. If you think you have shingles, please see a physician as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Shingles how do you get it?

Shingles: Firstly you have to have had chickenpox at some stage. The virus goes dormant and then later gets reactivated giving you "shingles". ...Read more

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Can children have shingles?

Yes: The only prerequisite for shingles is a prior infection with chickenpox or a dose of the vaccine. I have seen it in toddlers. It is less common with those who had the vaccine but still possible. Rare infant cases have been reported and likely reflect unrecognized infection during the pregnancy of both mother an infant. ...Read more

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What medications treat shingles?

What medications treat shingles?

Steroids, zovrax: Shingles is from activation of dorsal horn varicella zoster. To treat
the patient needs rest and a course of an antiviral medication at the
highest dose permitted by weight of patient. An oral dose of steroids, such as a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack for six days, will decrease inflammation.
It is good to recommend an immunization for people 50 or older who had chicken pox to avoid the disability from shingles. ...Read more

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I want advice about my shingles?

Herpes Zoster: It has been estimated that approximately 10-20% of the population will develop shingles (hz) during their lifetime. Individuals over 50 are particularly susceptible because of reduced cell-mediated immunity. However, any patient with immunosuppression due to radiation therapy, malignancy or cytotoxic drugs has an increased susceptibility to hz.
Symptomatic treatment with analgesics is recommended. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have shingles?

How can I tell if I have shingles?

Tiny blisters/1 side: Shingles is reactivation of the chicken pox virus, that emerges from hiding in a nerve, long after original infection. Classically, very painful small blisters are confined to one side of the body, and clustered together. Usually diagnosed by physical exam, the blood test is only required if the presentation is not obvious, or infection is severe enough to require antiviral treatment. ...Read more

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Is Shingles a serious condition?

No....: It is a benign condition.........unless you have HIV or immune suppressed condition. ...Read more

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How common is shingles in toddlers?

How common is shingles in toddlers?

It happens: I saw it once in a 15 mo old. It is uncommon and less common after immunization than from wild chickenpox. ...Read more

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Is it ok to expose shingles to sun?

Yes: Unlike cold sores, it can be exposed to the sun but the lesions will be more susceptible to a sunburn. ...Read more

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You can shower if you have shingles?

Yes: Showering when a person has shingles is the same as normal showering. . . Except that one must be gentle and not scratch the skin lesions and scabs with his fingernails. Allowing the scabs to heal and come off the scalp by themselves is the best thing to do. The doctor can prescribe medications to relieve pain and unusual skin sensations, plus help prevent new shingles lesions. ...Read more

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Can you shower if you have shingles?

Yes should be fine: However the shingles may hurt while taking shower. But taking cool shower may actually help with pain. ...Read more

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What are some complications shingles?

Nerve pain: A serious complication is post herpetic neuralgia which results in severe pain which can be temporary or chronic and unrelenting. This can sometimes result in hospitalization in its most severe forms for pain management. ...Read more

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Could you give me advice on shingles?

Shingles: Shingles - Herpes zoster - is a reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox. After natural infection with chickenpox, or vaccination, the virus remains dormant in nerve cells in the body and may, at some point, resurface in the form of Shingles. Shingles may be quite painful, and sometimes can cause persistent nerve pain. Early diagnosis and antiviral treatment may lessen severity. ...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