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Doctor insights on: Shingles And Exercise

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Dr. Robin Baird Dr. Baird
General Practice
27 years in practice
University of Edinburgh Medical School
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Can I exercise with shingles?

Can I exercise with shingles?

If you wish. ..: Shingles is caused by the reactivation of the dormant varicella zoster virus. It is fairly common with up to 25% of people having it at some point in life. One theory as to why it occurs is a slight 'weakening' of the immune system, with age, intercurrent illness or a period of stress. Exercise is not excluded but relative rest while unwell may allow the body to better recuperate and recover.

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng Dr. Cheng
Family Medicine
27 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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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.

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Holly Barth Dr. Barth
General Practice
5 years in practice
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Michael Tomeo Dr. Tomeo
Dermatology
34 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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What is shingles?

What is shingles?

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

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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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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.

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Dr. Michael Tomeo Dr. Tomeo
Dermatology
34 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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Who gets shingles?

Anyone: It is usually a reoccurrence of the chicken pox virus --- more common in the elderly.

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Dr. Donald Shenenberger Dr. Shenenberger
Dermatology
21 years in practice
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
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What is shingles?

What is shingles?

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.

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Dr. Christopher Moeller Dr. Moeller
Dermatology
34 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Chris Hawley Dr. Hawley
Family Medicine
20 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Robert McMurtrie Dr. McMurtrie
Pain Management
19 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Is shingles painful?

Absolutely!: If pain persists after the rash is gone - postherpetic neuralgia (phn) - it needs to be treated aggressively so it does not last forever. The greater the severity and duration of the rash, the more like you are to have 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. Don't accept that it will just "go away.".

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Lesion free shingles?

Sxs: Sometimes you may experience pain before ther appearance of the shingles rash.

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Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Can shingles reoccur?

Yes: A person can have shingles more than once. His primary care doctor can evaluate to see if there is a weakness in his immune system (or just bad luck, older age, or other bodily stressors) that allowed him to have the first case of shingles. The doctor can give some advice on whether or not the patient should get the shingles vaccine to help prevent a recurrence of shingles.

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Dr. Deborah Josefson Dr. Josefson
Internal Medicine
24 years in practice
Tel Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. George Arcos Dr. Arcos
Pain Management
34 years in practice
New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
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How can I get shingles?

How can I get shingles?

Herpes zoster: Shingles, also called herpes or varicella zoster, occurs when the v. Zoster virus is reactivated after being dormant within nerve roots since a previous episode of chickenpox. Shingles occurs mainly in people over age 50 and in people with immunosuppressed states that allow the virus to "wake up".

Dr. Richard Maughon Dr. Maughon
Pain Management
20 years in practice
University of South Alabama College of Medicine
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Is sun on shingles okay?

Shingled: Short term yes, but if you get a sun burn on top of them you'll experience a whole new level of very preventable pain.

Dr. Harry Greenberg Dr. Greenberg
Dermatology
23 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Can I get shingles again?

It's Rare but Yes: The shingles can recurr, but it is extraordinarily rare. If it does, multiple times, you may have herpes.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae Dr. Waghmarae
Pain Management
35 years in practice
Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of the Witwatersrand
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Can you die from shingles?

Shingles: Shingles does not cause death. However, there is a high suicide rate in the elderly who have had shingles and are left with chronic severe nerve pain (neuralgia) which failed several treatments..

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

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