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Ok I'm a roofer and I have some knots on my body . Do u think it's from the fiberglass from the shingles ?

Ok I'm a roofer and I have some knots on my body . Do u think it's from the fiberglass from the shingles ?

Fiberglass: These fibers can induce allergic reactions on the surface of the skin. If they are embedded below the surface they can initiate chronic inflammation that could conceivably result in the types of lesions you are describing, but these would usually be red, itching and very uncomfortable. My advice would be to let a doctor examine these. There are several other possibilities and you need to be seen. ...Read more

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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My husband is a roofer his big toe under pounds of shingles, was pushed backwards, is very tender, black and blue, not broken what can stop the pain?

My husband is a roofer his big toe under pounds of shingles, was pushed backwards, is very tender, black and blue, not broken what can stop the pain?

Rice it.: Check that he can still move his toe. There is probably some extensive soft tissue injury to the bottom of the toe. You need to use the RICE protocol. Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. The idea is to stop or slow the swelling. The ice and elevation will help. Try some OTC pain relievers to help. See a specialist if the condition does not improve or if he is unable to flex his big toe. ...Read more

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How many types of shingles are there?

One: Shingles is due to the herpes zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox. Once a person has chickenpox, the virus stays with that person, and can re-activate later in life as shingles. The shingles can affect different parts of the body, and may be known by different names, such as herpes zoster ophthalmicus, which affects the eye. ...Read more

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If I have adult type II diabetes, am i at risk of catching shingles from being around an individual who has an active case of shingles?

If I have  adult type II diabetes, am i at risk of catching shingles from being around an individual who has an active case of shingles?

Unlikely: As long as you had chickenpox as child , you are not susceptible to getting it again. [ but a child/adult who has not had chickenpox could get if exposed to the liquid within the vesciles of a patient with shingles. Shingles is the adult recrudescence of varicella virus that has been dormant in ones nerve root since childhood. Comes out in some, when older, for unclear reasons. ...Read more

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Type 1 diabetes and shingles should I be concerned...Because I have both?

Type 1 diabetes and shingles should I be 
concerned...Because  I have both?

Not particularly : Shingles is a self-limited disease although early treatment can assist healing. In the elderly postherpetic neuralgia can be a complication. Diabetes doesn't make shingles worse. ...Read more

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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