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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
Shingles: Shingles is a reactivation of the chicken pox living in the nerve endings. It is from your previous infection as a child with chicken pox. It blisters in one usually long line of nerves endings in what piece of skin known as a dermatome. There is no cure for chicken pox. There is treatment to help your body suppress this reaction. There is a vaccine to help you keep the infection suppressed. ...Read more
No.: Antivirals, like valtrex, (valacyclovir) need to be started within 72 hrs of shingle symptoms. They can decrease the severity and duration of the rash. If pain persists after the rash is gone - postherpetic neuralgia (phn) - it needs to be treated aggressively so it does not last forever. The older you are when you have shingles, the more likely you are to have phn. See a board certified pain specialist for help. ...Read more
Pox Virus None exist: Shingles: recurrence of pox virus, hiding out, decades, within spinal nerve cells, then reproducing; the reason for the classic nerve dermatome distribution. Virus not living cell, just snipits of dna/rna with protein shell, thus no antibiotics exist; cannot kill something not alive to begin with. Most effective: adequate immunity to stop breakout. Vaccine helps prevent; early antiviral may help. ...Read more
My mom who is 70recently had shingles. Now she is ok but showing some memory loss since she got cured from shingles. Cant remember things. Is it normal?
Does shingles often occur in ages under 50 and are the meds available truly worth the expense if there really is no cure?
Shingles: See your doctor. There are several excellent medications for shingles pain. I usually use Gralise and lidoderm. ...Read more
I am cured from chikenpox. Is it possible to get shingles if I come in contact with someone who has chikenpox again? I am 21 year old female.
Unlikely: Shingles is rarely if ever related to a exposure to cpx. The germ goes into hibernation in nerve cells along the front of your spine & may remain dormant for your lifetime. It is thought that the immunity you developed keeps it in check unless it weakens with age or condition. After age 60, a higher number of people experience spontaneous emergence of shingles. (I've seen it in toddlers) ...Read more
I have scarring on the cornea of my eye from a case of shingles I had last year. Any cure for it?
Probably: The cornea is notoriously poor at getting rid of scar tissue. The scarring creates opacities that disturb the vision, sometimes to a significant degree. If superficial, it can sometimes be modified by a laser treatment but most are deep enough that a corneal transplantation is the better option. Check in with your corneal specialist to have this sorted out. ...Read more
Can salmonella food poisoning have any serious long term effects after treated/cured? Can it lead to different problems? Ex: chickenpox into shingles?
No long term effects: Once in a while, people become carriers of Salmonella for a few weeks or months after they get over the initial infection. However, this is rare and harmless. It creates risk for other persons potentially exposed to your feces, but that's prevented by everyday, standard hygiene, like hand washing after toilet. So don't worry about this at all. ...Read more
Hello, I am suffering from shingles from a week now and few affected areas have started to cure while few has blisters on it. I did undergo 7 days Valtrex and Tylenol medication and now the doctor has advised me to start with postherpetic medicines. When
Shingles treatment: Although 7 days is often sufficient for valacyclovir (Valtrex) treatment of shingles, if new blisters are continuing to appear, treatment should be extended. Check with your doctor. Presumably the "postherptic" medicine is prednisone or other corticosteroid (?). That's the only kind of treatment normally used to minimize the nerve pain that can follow shingles (post-herpetic neuralgia). ...Read more
Aside from acyclovir, what are other recomended cheap anti viral oral mdicine to cure herpes zoster?
Go see your doctor: What's available depends upon where you live. Given that you're in philippines, you'll need to ask your doc since I'm only familiar w/those drugs available here in the states: acyclovir, Famciclovir & valacyclovir. Check out http://www. Aafp. Org/afp/2000/0415/p2437.Html for more info. You want to start one of these within 72hrs of noticing rash. Post-herpetic neuralgia is complication of shingles. ...Read more
High platelet count 6lakh above and 3years back suffered from herpes zoster and cured. Currently osteoporosis and high BP are there? 62 yrs old female
I had very mild herpes zoster just 8 blisters and I am cured now my pregnancy test is positive now after 5 days of medicine. Can it affect the fetus?
Zoster: It should not affect the fetus. It is a reactivation of the virus that you have had since chicken pox (or the vaccine) in your youth. With shingles (zoster), the virus does not travel through the blood stream - it travels locally down a nerve and to the skin. If anything it will boost your immunity to shingles/chicken pox during pregnancy. ...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
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
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
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
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
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
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.". ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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
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". ...Read more
If you had chicken pox as a child, the virus is already in your body. It remains dormant in most people but can activate if the immunity is lower e.G in hiv, cancer or even old age.
These days it can be effectively treated if medical attention is sought early on. If you think you have shingles, please see a physician as soon as you can. ...Read more
Viral infection: Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Once you are infected with chicken pox, the Varicella Zoster virus remains in your body for life. At certain times of stress, or illness, your immune system and get what's called Herpes Zoster (shingles). Not everyone will get shingles, but it is relatively common. ...Read more