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Recurrence Of Shingles
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
If u had chicken pox in the past, can u get the chickpox vaccine to avoid recurrence? Also, can u get shingles vacine b4 age 50 if u had chickpox b4?
A 72 year old male with a history of shingles and post herpetic neuralgia gets exposed to a child with chicken pox. Any risk of shingles recurrence?
No risk: this way but shingle can reoccur rarely. ...Read more
Would shingles vaccine help prevent recurrence of bell's palsy? I've had bell's twice already. I'm healthy 45 yr old male.
HZ complications: Unless the rash involves the eyes or ear or both (ramsey-hunt syndrome) you can be treated as an outpatient. An antiviral medicine started within 72 hours is the most effective treatment. Blindness, deafness or an additional bacterial infection are all uncommon complications. You may require pain medicine and even then the pain may persist after the rash is gone - post - herpetic neuralgia. ...Read more
Yes, though: The rash of shingles is unique enough for the seasoned clinician to diagnose it clinically ( one side only, follows a specific "dermatome", presence of vesicles on a red base) To definitively diagnose it, a vesicle would have to be broken and the fluid as well as a brushing of the edge of the broken lesion can be sent for viral culture. Blood testing is not the definitive way to diagnose it. ...Read more