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Doctor insights on: Recurrence Of Shingles

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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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Would shingles vaccine help prevent recurrence of bell's palsy? I've had bell's twice already. I'm healthy 45 yr old male.

Would shingles vaccine help prevent recurrence of bell's palsy? I've had bell's twice already. I'm healthy 45 yr old male.

Not likely: While shingles virus can cause facial paralysis and serious problems in the face and eyes, most cases of bell's palsy are not due to the shingles virus. You should discuss the reasons for the shingles vaccine with your doctor. ...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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If i go to the e r with what turns out to be shingles will they admit me or what could be done ?

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

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R shingles contagious ?

Yes, circumstantial: You can't catch shingles from someone else who has shingles. But there is a small chance that a person with a shingles rash can spread the virus to another person who hasn't had chickenpox and who hasn't gotten the chickenpox vaccine. ...Read more

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What r definitive tests for shingles? How are samples taken ( by blood ?)

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

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