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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


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What is the symptoms of shingles?

What is the symptoms of shingles?

Shingles: At first, shingles causes weird sensations on you skin. You might feel itching, burning, pain, or tingling. Some people get a fever, feel sick, or get a headache. Within 1 to 2 days, a rash with blisters appears. Blisters most often appear in a band across the chest and back. They can show up on other parts of the body, too. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of shingles?

Painful rash: It is a one sided rash usually in a band or belt - like distribution. There is usually pain or some kind of unpleasant sensation such as tingling or burning. The pain may come before the rash. The rash will usually form into many small blisters. It can also be on the face or arm. See your doctor right away for an antiviral medication to prevent post herpetic neuralgia which is very painful. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of shingles?

What are the symptoms of shingles?

Shingles may first…: Start as a burning sensation in the skin before a patch of blisters appear; blisters are red and somewhat resemble a patch of poison ivy contact. Blisters (like those in chickenpox) break & then scab over. If left untreated, the nerve (s) involved may produce severe pain lasting days to weeks. So treatment at the first appearance of rash is very important, esp. If eye area is involved. See doc ASAP ...Read more

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Do symptoms of shingles go away quickly?

Do symptoms of shingles go away quickly?

Varies, but get help: Symptoms need to be treated aggressively so they do not last forever. The greater the severity and duration of the rash, the more like you are to have postherpetic neuralgia (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 to feel better sooner. Don't accept that you just have to wait for it to "go away.". ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of shingles on body?

Shingles symptoms: Shingles often starts out as a patch of skin with a burning sensation followed a few days later by vesicles (small blisters) which eventually burst & scab over (just like chickenpox). Some pain may be present during the vesicle phase but more likely to appear in the healing phase. So best to get treatment early to prevent "post-herpetic neuralgia". Face/ear/eye warrant doc visit at once. ...Read more

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What can be done for reoccurring shingles?

What can be done for reoccurring shingles?

See below: Recurrent bouts of shingles are often associated with immune system problems that occur with aging or as a result of a medical condition or treatment. One of the best ways to prevent future attacks is to get the shingles vaccine. Early treatment is often the best response to recurrent shingles. In severe or frequent cases, ongoing medication to reduce the risk of shingles may be an option. ...Read more

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How long do the symptoms of shingles last for you?

How long do the symptoms of shingles last for you?

1-2 weeks: The rash that occurs with shingles usually lasts about 7-10 days before all the lesions dry up and begin to fall off. Lifelong scarring occasionally results. The pain associated with the rash usually lasts about 2 weeks but can persist for much longer (sometimes lifelong) in 10-15% of patients. ...Read more

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How long does it take for shingles symptoms to appear?

How long does it take for shingles symptoms to appear?

How long after what?: The pain and/or itching can be present for a day or so before the typical rash. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have shingles? What are the symptoms?

Shingles: Usually pain on one side of the body comes before the rash of shingles, which is also called herpes zoster. The blisters develop in that area. If you see a doctor soon enough you can take an anti-viral medication to help it heal sooner. ...Read more

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How long do the symptoms of shingles last for in a teen?

How long do the symptoms of shingles last for in a teen?

Varies: Shingles can have groups of lesions which occur for 1-7 days then progress to crusts and healing over the next 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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How long do the symptoms of shingles last if first attack?

1-2 weeks: The rash that occurs with shingles usually lasts about 7-10 days before all the lesions dry up and begin to fall off. Lifelong scarring occasionally results. The pain associated with the rash usually lasts about 2 weeks but can persist for much longer (sometimes lifelong) in 10-15% of patients. ...Read more

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Can the reoccurrence of shingles happen more often with age?

Sure: You have about one chance in 7 of having shingles at least once in your life. If you die early you don't have as many years to have another outbreak as someone who lives to be 90. ...Read more

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What happens when your symptoms of shingles come in contact with another person?

What happens when your symptoms of shingles come in contact with another person?

Possibly contagious: If any one has shingles, the patient has vesicles in a dermatomal distribution. Those vesicles could be contagious. It would be most important not to expose immunocompromised people such as transplant patients, people on steroids for collagen-vascular diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, and the very old and the very young. High risk people should be immunized a.S.A.P. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the full chronology of symptoms of shingles - from start to the very very end?

Can you please describe the full chronology of symptoms of shingles - from start to the very very end?

Chicken Pox: Then possibly shingles
no, end. It recurs when your immunity is low. So, stay healthy, and that will be the end of it (though virus will live forever in your nerves.). ...Read more

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What are the sign and symptoms of shingles and is it infectious to your other body parts?

Pain/lesions pattern: Shingles is extremely painful with lesions or rash in a nerve root distribution. The patient had chicken pox before, and the virus sits in the dorsal horn of the spinal column. People who are sleep deprived, under stress, immunocompromised are at risk. One needs to see the doctor for treatment to minimize the pain and to heal more quickly with steroid course. ...Read more

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I have symptoms similar to the start of shingles (had 30 yrs ago). Have pain only, no visible signs. Can a dr. Diagnose at this stage?

Maybe...: The rash makes the diagnosis so to speak, but many times pain precedes the actual skin changes. So by letting your doctor know it feels like your previous shingles, they may decide to treat based on lack of evidence of any other process causin that type of pain. ...Read more

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Do shingles always reoccur in the same location or can they reoccur in a different location? (Upper vs lower body)? What triggers reoccurrence?

Herpes zoster...: ... (shingles) usually doesn't recur. A second episode doesn't mean anything special, but 3rd or more can indicate an immune system disorder. Recurrences can be either in the same place or elsewhere. Not all shingles-like rashes are shingles. Recurrent herpes simplex, for example, can mimic shingles if facial, genital, buttock, etc. See a doctor ASAP to confirm the diagnosis and get treated. ...Read more

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Symptoms of shingles coming back from stress. Can you get it more than once?

It's possible but...: ...Very rare to get shingles more than once. Most cases of "recurrent" shingles are actually recurrent herpes simplex. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of shingles if they occur without a rash? How can you tell if no rash!

What are the symptoms of shingles if they occur without a rash? How can you tell if no rash!

See below: Before the rash appears there may be burning sensation, pain, sensitivity to touch. The symptoms and the rash that may appear in a few days are confined to one side of the body and is present in a limited area. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/shingles/basics/symptoms/con-20019574 ...Read more

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Can you develop shingles inside your body without showing a rash externally? If so what are the symptoms?

Internal shingles: Hello. Yes you can. Shingles on the internal organs can cause flu-like symptoms as headaches, chills, body aches, nausea and fever. Internal shingles however are rare More advanced signs include painful swelling of the lymph nodes and mouth blisters. Brain swelling is rare. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of facial shingles when they occur without a rash? And which method is used to detect it?

Tingling or pain: To discern this you may need to be seen and explain your symptoms and let them decide if this is shingles or not. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with shingles a month ago and I believe it's coming back. This is at least the 3rd time I've had these symptoms. Is it herpes?

I was diagnosed with shingles a month ago and I believe it's coming back. This is at least the 3rd time I've had these symptoms. Is it herpes?

Shingles is a: Reinfection of chicken pox. It can recur, and typically happens in times of stress, or illness. Did you have the shingles vaccine. Perhaps you need it. Talk to your dermatologist to verify and see what your next step is. Reducing stress is always a great start. Meditation and yoga practices can really help ...Read more

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I have a rash I believe to be shingles based on the look & symptoms. 1 Dr said since I have it on both sides, it can't be. What is actually true?

I have a rash I believe to be shingles based on the look & symptoms. 1 Dr said since I have it on both sides, it can't be. What is actually true?

Your doctor is right: It is very rare to have herpes zoster (shingles) on both sides of the body. Almost certainly your rash is something else. See your doctor in person and take it from there. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of the shingles virus?

What are the signs and symptoms of the shingles virus?

Open lesions: Shingles virus is a lesion in the dorsal horn of the spinal column which nestled there after chicken pox. It can become activated when
one is exhausted, stressed, immunocompromised, or on steroids. The symptoms are not only debilitating pain but also a rash of lesions in a dermatome distribution, that is, along a path from a nerve in the spinal column wrapped around to the front of the body. ...Read more

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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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If you had shingles a year ago and was treated, how likely it would come back. Would it show same symptoms. Rashes …?

If you had shingles a year ago and was treated, how likely it would come back. Would it show same symptoms. Rashes …?

Rarely: Rarely, shingles can recur and do not have to be in the same spot. The pain and burning precede the rash, and follow a nerve distribution. It can occur anywhere. ...Read more

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Do you recommend zostrix (capsaicin) vaccination to ease shingles symptoms?

Do you recommend zostrix (capsaicin) vaccination to ease shingles symptoms?

You mean zostavax?: Zostrix (capsaicin) is a topical antipain medicine (capsacian). The zoster vaccine is recommended for individuals over 50 who have had chicken pox. I do rcommend it, but it isn't given for shingles symptoms but rather to prevent shingles outbreaks (or reactivation of chicken pox), remember it also is not a guarantee you won't get shingles ...Read more

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Can shingles occur on cranial nerves without a single rash or symptom and cause post-herpetic neuralgias silently?

Can shingles occur on cranial nerves without a single rash or symptom and cause post-herpetic neuralgias silently?

Unlikely: Some form of rash or sores should be present for shingles. You may have trigeminal neuralgia. This is a pain condition that usually presents with brief episodes of pain along the course of the Trigeminal Nerve or one its branches or divisions. It can be very painful-similar to a post-herpetic neuralgia. ...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