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Shingles (Overview)

Clusters of vesicles in a dermatomal distribution.


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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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Shingles (Overview)

Clusters of vesicles in a dermatomal distribution.


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What is the definition or description of: shingles vaccine?

What is the definition or description of: shingles vaccine?

See below: The shingles vaccine protects your body from reactivation of a virus — the chickenpox (varicella-zoster) virus — that most people are exposed to during childhood. When you recover from chickenpox, the virus stays latent in your body. For unknown reasons, though, the latent virus sometimes gets reactivated years later, causing shingles. The shingles vaccine prevents this reactivation. ...Read more

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Treating Shingles (Tip)

Treating Shingles

LED technology can reduce postherpectic neuralgia (the pain after shingles). ...See more

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Treating Shingles (Checklist)

Seek treatment from a healthcare professional
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Stay away from people who haven't had chicken pox
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Take ibuprofen or naproxen for pain and inflammation
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If prescribed anti-viral medication, take appropriately and completely
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What are the symptoms of shingles?

What are the symptoms of shingles?

Painful rash: It is a one sided rash usually in a band or belt - like distribution. There is usually pain or some kind of unpleasant sensation such as tingling or burning. The pain may come before the rash. The rash will usually form into many small blisters. It can also be on the face or arm. See your doctor right away for an antiviral medication to prevent post herpetic neuralgia which is very painful. ...Read more

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Treating Shingles (Tip)

Treating Shingles

Do see the doctor quickly if you have shingles, to get started on antivirals quickly. ...See more

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Living with Genital Herpes (Checklist)

Avoid sex when you have an outbreak
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Take antiviral drugs to decrease frequency of outbreaks
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Take antiviral drugs to decrease shedding the virus
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Avoid oral sex when you have fever blisters
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What is the most effective treatment for shingles?

What is the most effective treatment for shingles?

Acute ot chronic?: If acute shingles, starting anti-viral therapy such as valtrex or Acyclovir may help. Corticostroids (prednisone) are used by some, but evidence behind this practice in 50/50. Nsaids for pain and maybe short course narcotic analgesic for severe pain. If post-herpetic neuralgia, many options are available, including gabapentin, pregabalin, Lidocaine patch, and other topicals. ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Herpes zoster is also known as Shingles. Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more