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How is it possible to get shingles disease?

How is it possible to get shingles disease?

Reactivation: Shingles is a reactivation of the chicken pox virus (varicella-zoster) that lives dormant in nerve cells after the initial chicken pox infection. ...Read more

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What are he characteristic differences between shingles and chagus disease?

Very different: Chagas: http://www.Cdc.Gov/parasites/chagas/ shingles: http://www.Cdc.Gov/shingles/about/index.Html.

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I have a disease called shingles. What should I do?

I have a disease called shingles. What should I do?

Herpes zoster : A common form of cutaneous neuropathic pain is associated with herpes zoster infection. Zoster-associated pain can be divided into two separate entities: acute herpes zoster (hz) and postherpetic neuralgia (phn), which can follow an attack of hz. Symptomatic treatment is recommended. For acute hz the use of antiviral therapy. Vaccination is the only prevention. ...Read more

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My son is 25 has schizophrenia and just got shingles any problems or relation ship between either disease?

My son is 25 has schizophrenia and just got shingles any problems or relation ship between either disease?

Stress: Unfortunately shingles is caused by a virus (herpes zoster) which we get from chicken pox and it stays with us. The virus is dormant in sensory nerves. During stress, states of illness and with aging (when our immune system becomes weakened), the virus can become active in the affected nerve and that's why shingles occurs in localized skin areas. ...Read more

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Os it normal for the pain of shingles to get worse or change over the course of the disease? It still burns and itches but now I have stabbing pain to

Os it normal for the pain of shingles to get worse or change over the course of the disease? It still burns and itches but now I have stabbing pain to

Yes: You omitted crucial information. When did it begin? Treatment? How long after onset was treatment started? Is skin now healed? Exactly where is it? Best way to control this pain is doxepin cream 5%. ...Read more

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I have auto immune disease & have had shingle 5 times in various locations in the last 18mths. Would the vaccine help or trigger another attack?

I have auto immune disease & have had shingle 5 times in various locations in the last 18mths.  Would the vaccine help or trigger another attack?

Shingles vaccine: Shingles, or herpes zoster, usually comes out at times of stress-that's when the body is busy with something, and the virus which lives in all people who have had chickenpox comes out for a little party. A) I would want to know if truly u had shingles. B) wonder if there's anything 'correctable' with your immune system. C) Vaccine would help, but there are issues to discuss since it's a 'live vax' ...Read more

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I have shingles. I'm 17 years old and the rash is on my back. What are my chances of postherpetic neuralgia. No other disease, ?

I have shingles. I'm 17 years old and the rash is on my back. What are my chances of postherpetic neuralgia. No other disease, ?

Shingles & PHN.: The best chance of preventing PHN would be to start an appropriate anti viral medication (Valtrex (valacyclovir) or Famvir) within 48 hours of noticing the rash. Otherwise, you have to hope for the best. The occurrence of PHN is generally unpredictable. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to take valacyclovir 3 grams daily for shingles? I'm afraid of the dangerous side effects on kidneys as kidney disease runs in my fam.

Is it necessary to take valacyclovir 3 grams daily for shingles? I'm afraid of the dangerous side effects on kidneys as kidney disease runs in my fam.

That's your business: The medicine is safe. Even the crystal nephropathy that a few people get is expected to heal right up. Drink plenty of water. You owe it to yourself and those to whom you have responsibilities to be treated effectively for shingles -- it can be disabling. ...Read more

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As a baby i was vacinated for infectious diseases including shingles how ever i did have chicken pox. Any chance i'm not immune for shingles?

As a baby i was vacinated for infectious diseases including shingles how ever i did have chicken pox. Any chance i'm not immune for shingles?

Confusing question: You state you were vaccinated for shingles as a baby, but the vaccine was not licensed for use in the us until 1995, making you 10 before it was available.A single dose at 10 would give 85% protection rate, so having chickenpox later would not be unusual.Either way you could develop shingles in your lifetime, but it is most common in the elderly or those with weakened immune systems.. ...Read more

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Had shingles in my ear and lost my hearing.Inf. Disease dr. Said i must take Valtrex (valacyclovir) 1gm daily for the rest of my life.I am 65, is this necessary?

Valtrex (valacyclovir): Valtrex (valacyclovir) is usually prescribed for a week or two. To take for a life time seems excessive. Get a second opinion from a neurologist or ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Can shingles be the cause of hand foot mouth disease virus?

Can shingles be the cause of hand foot mouth disease virus?

No: No.Although the viruses are part of the same family of viral disease, the shingles or herpes zoster is not the same as the coxsackie virus cause of hand foot and mouth disease. ...Read more

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Not shingles saw infectious disease dr, he said not shingles, not std, not cancer sores keep coming back when i go off viral infection med why?

Not shingles saw infectious disease dr, he said not shingles, not std, not cancer sores keep coming back when i go off viral infection med why?

Immune deficiency: Need to know more about the rash, history of infections, the antiviral medication etc. Would comment that with repeated bacterial skin infections or viral infections that are difficult to control (and many other scenarios involving recurrent unexplained infection), it may be helpful to see an Immunologist to rule out underlying deficiency. ...Read more

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Can shingles cause back pain and leg weakness? All other disorders have been ruled out.

Can shingles cause back pain and leg weakness?  All other disorders have been ruled out.

Not likely.: While pain is certainly a symptom of shingles, which can be present before the rash appears, it is not usual for it to cause weakness. See a neurologist and/or get a second opinion. ...Read more

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I have chronic lymphoproliferative disorder w/cll vs follicular lymphoma. Is it safe to get a shingles vaccination?

Probably: The degree of immunosuppression the average patient with cll has isn't bad enough to worry about getting disseminated zoster infections from the vaccine, but your physicians know your particular condition and how healthy or sick your immune system is. Ask them, especially your oncologist. ...Read more

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What is shingle?

What is shingle?

Zoster: Shingles is a viral infection that affects a nerve. It's a very painful condition. There are antiviral drugs to take by mouth in order to shorten the duration of your illness. ...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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