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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
I have shingles on left side if face, in left eye, on forehead and scalp. Also headache and shooting pain in head and eye. New symptom: sore throat o.?
Shingles: Shingles involving your eye needs urgent evaluation by an eye doctor. ...Read more
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
Shingles symptoms: Early symptoms of shingles include headache, sensitivity to light, and flu-like symptoms without a fever. You may then feel itching, tingling, or pain where a band, strip, or small area of rash may appear several days or weeks later. A rash can appear anywhere on the body but will be on only one side of the body, the left or right. The rash will first form blisters, then scab over. ...Read more
Doctor says I have a mild case of shingles. Pain on saturday then diagnosis on thursday with2 (now 3) bumps on left side. Would I be ok w/o famvir (famciclovir)?
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?
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
I have recurrent shingles, but a normal cbc...What other tests can I have to check for deficits in cell-mediated immunity?
Interesting: Usually for reasons we don't understand the varicella-zoster virus that causes chicken pox decides to reactivate later on and cause shingles. This usually happens after age 50, likely due to a weakened immune system as we age. Some other possible triggers are trauma, physical or emotional stress. ...Read more
50% Shingle Pts. Hav: Having shingles does not mean you have cancer, however shingles are found in cancer patients approximately 50% of the time! Shingles implys a defect in your immune system (you have the herpes zoster virus in your nerve roots causing a localize chicken pox rash). If your immunity is good no rash. Cancer is also a defect in your immunity hence the association. Dr. ...Read more
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
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
Antivirals: There are several antivirals available in the market - all equally effective against the virus. It is the timing that is critical - within 72 hours of the first symptom to prevent long term consequence of the disease. It would go away on its own even without treatment much like the original infection, chickenpox, did. The difference is you could end up with long term pain or tingling. ...Read more
I'm 23 and have shingles. Why would I get shinglesoso young? What medicine can I take to get rid of it? I've had this for a month already.
Yes: If you have had chickenpox, then taking Natalizumab will increase your risk of developing shingles. Exactly how much your risk is increased is unknown but Natalizumab use has been associated with an increased risk of serious herpes virus infections (the virus that causes shingles is a herpes virus). ...Read more
Is there a way to prevent shingles when you have a couple of major catastrophes at the same time and expect outbreak?
Not Contagious: Generally, only the weeping, oozing fluid from the acute outbreak on the skin is mildly contagious and then only to those with no immunity to Chicken Pox (varicella). This is most significant if a pregnant woman without immunity could transmit the virus to her fetus and cause an Intrauterine infection which would probably cause injury to the susceptible fetus. ...Read more
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
No: There is no such evidence that incidence of shingles is increasing in younger population. ...Read more
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