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Doctor insights on: Reflexology For Treating Shingles

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Is Neurontin (gabapentin) treating shingles pain dangerous to the kidneys for 55 yr. Old man w/chronic renal insufficiency secondary to chemo 14 yrs. Ago for aml?

Is Neurontin (gabapentin) treating shingles pain dangerous to the kidneys for 55 yr. Old man w/chronic renal insufficiency secondary to chemo 14 yrs. Ago for aml?

Potentially yes: Because blood levels can climb quickly as creatinine clearance decreases. This must be taken into account by the prescribing physician so as to avoid toxic build-up of the medication in your body. Best wishes. ...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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I had shingles at 28. Can I have them again, I'm in my 50's.?

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 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?

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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How do you know if you have shingles?

Shingles Hurts: Shingles is a severe painful rash in one part of the skin and only on one side of the skin. Your physician can diagnose this for you. ...Read more

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Why and how do teenagers get shingles?

Same as if not: Shingles occurs when a hibernating zoster virus (chickenpox) reactivates and travels down a nerve group, causing pain and a breakout. I have seen it in toddlers. We are not sure why it occurs. Since it commonly occurs in older folks, most speculate that a weak period in someones immunity allows it to activate. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have shingles?

TypicalRash&Pain: You will have vescicular rash in the distribution of a nerve and pain which can be really intense
It may start with headache, sensitive to light and flu like symptoms. Followed by itching, tingling and pain and than rash with blisters appears which is painful ...Read more

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How will you know if you have shingles?

Pain: Shingles usually presents with pain followed by a typical rash on one side of the body in the area of the skin supplied by one nerve, called a dermatome. Any good primary care provider can make the diagnosis. You should consider getting the shingles vaccine which can decrease your chances of getting the miserable complication known as "post-herpetic neuropathy". ...Read more

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How can you tell if someone has shingles?

Pain and rash: Shingles is usually characterized by a painful rash that develops in a limited are of the body on one side. The rash usually blisters and then goes away over a few weeks. Sometimes pain persists for a protracted period of time and can be quite miserable. The shingles vaccine decreases your chance of getting the persistent pain condition known as post-herpetic neuralgia. ...Read more

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How do you know if a person has shingles?

Pain and Rash: Typically, the pain comes before the skin eruption. You will need to get an evaluation. Shingles usually stays on 1 side of the body and doesn't cross the mid line. ...Read more

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What is shingles that cross your midline?

Unusual: It is usually one sided. Unless you have something else. You're a bit too young for shingles at 44. ...Read more

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Is there a holistic approach for shingles?

Holistic shingles: Great question. Can consider supplements that are typically taken for nerve related pain conditions. Here is a natural solution that I developed with several other doctors: http://holisticpain. Com/products/nerve-formula
also could consider acupuncture and seeing a naturopathic doctor. Hope that helps. ...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?

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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What should I do to address shingles pain?

A few things: Since shingles affects the nerves, I prefer anesthetics that numb those nerves.

Consider topical lidocaine. It's like topical novacaine (think dental anesthesia)

talk to your doctor more about it. ...Read more

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How serious are shingles for 14 year olds?

How serious are shingles for 14 year olds?

Shingles: Shingles is chicken pox in a nerve. Rarely it appears at the same time as acute chicken pox. Most often it is an older person who had the virus as a child and carried it as a dormant virus for many yrs. It may occur in a normal 14 yr-old but the diagnosis may be an error. In the absence of some predisposing condition causing defective immunity it is not serious. Meds control it. ...Read more

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I think I have a mild case of the shingles?

I think I have a mild case of the shingles?

Thank you: Thank you for letting us know. Usually patients bring us questions to answer. ...Read more

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Can subsequent outbreaks of shingles be worse?

Probably Not: Any outbreak of shingles could lead to post herpetic neuralgia would can be an extremely debilitating outcome. ...Read more

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Are shingles in adults harmful to 12 week babu?

It is contagious: Shingles can be spread from an affected person to children or adults who have not had chickenpox. You should keep your child as far away from this person as possible. ...Read more

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What parts of the body are affected by shingles?

Shingles: Shingles affects specific nerve roots. Hence they can be seen anywhere - the most common is the thoracic region. They can also affect the Head, eye as well. In the cervical and lumbar rethey will cause a rash and pa9n in the distribution of that nerve level. ...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