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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 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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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.?

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 is shingles?

What is shingles?

Herpes zoster: Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) is an infection caused by the chicken pox virus. Those who had chicken pox previously recovered from the disease, but never got rid of the virus where it was dormant until the shingles outbreak. Treatments (and a vaccine) are available; see your doctor for more information. ...Read more

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What is shingles?

What is shingles?

Rash: Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes the chicken pox. The virus remains inactive in your body and becomes active again years later. The patient has pain/tingling/burning in a very specific area on one half of the body (dermatome-see picture). A rash appears in the same area. Someone with these symptoms should see their physician right away to get started on treatment. ...Read more

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What is shingles?

What is shingles?

Herpes zoster: Shingles (herpes zoster) is reactivation of the varicella zoster (chickenpox virus), which lives in your nerve cells after you've had chickenpox. It causes painful blisters on a red rash that occur in a linear band on one side of the body. Early treatment speeds recovery. ...Read more

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What is shingles?

Herpes Zoster : Infection of the nerve and skin usually as a reactivation of the chicken pox virus. ...Read more

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What are shingles?

WHAT IS SHINGLES: Shingles is an infectious condition caused by varicella virus which causes chicken pox.Once some one has had chicken pox and it clears ou, the virus stays dormant or inactive in your body for years , and then for some reason it becomes activated, comes out and attack the body and attacks the nerves, appears as rash looks like blistrs and can end up causing severe pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more

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What is shingles ?

What is shingles
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Chicken pox: Shingles is basically a reactivated form of the virus that causes chicken pox (varicella). Also called zoster or herpes zoster. Since we really don't clear the chicken pox virus from our system it can remain dormant and the later on in life reactivate to form the typical shingles clinical pattern. ...Read more

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What are shingles?

Shingles: Shingles is also called herpes zoster. It is caused by the herpes varicella virus and represents a reactivation of chicken pox. ...Read more

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What are shingles?

Shingles : Shingles is a re-emergence of a the chicken pox virus. It pops up along a single nerve and creates a painful, red rash that is often in a line (along the course of the nerve). The rash usually has yellow bubbles (vesicles) surrounded by redness. There are meds to make it go away quicker and prevent chronic pain in the affected nerve. There is also a vaccine if you are over 55. ...Read more

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What triggers shingles?

What triggers shingles?

Decreased immunity: Shingles is a reappearance of chickenpox or varicella zoster virus. After the initial outbreak of chicken pox, the virus hides in the spinal cord in the dorsal root ganglion and may reappear later in life, when we are under high stress or lowered immunity. Long term corticosteroid use can increase the risk of zoster. Symptomsof impending rash include pain and paresthesias. ...Read more

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How are "shingles" contracted?

How are "shingles" contracted?

Shingles develops: In people who have previously been infected with chicken pox. Coming in contact with a shingles rash/blister can infect someone who doesn’t have immunity to chickenpox. But that person would get chicken pox - not shingles. ...Read more

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What causes shingles outbreaks?

What causes shingles outbreaks?

Stress: Stress or other conditions that lowers your immune system can prompt reactivation of vzv, the causative agent for chickenpox; this manifests as shingles. ...Read more

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What is it like to have shingles?

What is it like to have shingles?

Painful: Shingles tends to be exquisitely painful, with light touch or no touch causing sharp, burning pains. Vesicles (blisters) may also develop at the site of shingles, and may cause scaring. If not treated promptly the pain of shingles may continue on past the acute flare, leading to post-herpetic neuralgia. Get yourself checked if you are concerned you have shingles. ...Read more

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If not shingles, what could this be?

If not shingles, what could this be?

On one side: Along a nerve distribution, likely shingles. Not along a nerve distribution -then something else, rash, allergic reaction, infection. ...Read more

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Creams for shingles?

Compounding creams: There are some excellent creams for shingles out there. One of the best compounding pain medication ingredients is ketamine. Recent research suggests the receptors ketamine acts on are found in peripheral nerves. Ask your physician if they can prescribe compounding pain cream from a compounding pharmacy and this will help a great deal with shingles pain. ...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