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12y/o missed 32days of school this year-many illnesses, 1 was shingles a month ago. Now he's lost 9lbsin10days&malaise. CBC normal. What could it be?

12y/o missed 32days of school this year-many illnesses, 1 was shingles a month ago. Now he's lost 9lbsin10days&malaise. CBC normal. What could it be?

Need much more info: This situation sounds too complex to be handled in 400 letters or fewer. It's best handled by the doc that's been seeing him on a regular basis. They are going to know the details of: what illnesses have been making him sick, is he having more severe symptoms than his cohorts, what have been the findings on his physical exams, AND the lab results? Keep follow-up with his primary care physician ...Read more

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


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I'm 45 and I had shingles on my right leg october last year. Now March it has come on the left leg what is the problem. I'm healthy and have NO illnesses?

I'm 45 and I had shingles on my right leg october last year. Now March it has come on the left leg what is the problem. I'm healthy and have NO illnesses?

Shingles - twice: Shingles is bad enough the first time, but it doesn't seem fair to get it twice. About 10-20% of the US population will get shingles in their lifetime. Of those, only 1-4% will get it more than once, but unfortunately, that is well-known to happen. If your immune system is compromised, that can increase your risk. ...Read more

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36 year old f very healthy developed a rash on back. Hurts and was itchy. Looks like shingles. Help is it to late for anti viral meds and duration?

36 year old f very healthy developed a rash on back. Hurts and was itchy. Looks like shingles. Help is it to late for anti viral meds and duration?

Depends on duration.: I am not sure wether the rash is due to shingles or not. It needs to be checked out by a physician to make sure. If it turns out to be shingles then starting antiviral medicines in the first 72 hours gives a better chance for early cure. It also helps reduce chances of developing residual pain that often persists after the rash goes away. ...Read more

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Routine check up 6 weeks ago and platelets were 650. 3 weeks later I had bad case of flu. Over flu, but have a moderate case of shingles. Blood work yesterday had platelets at 603. Could these illnesses cause the high count? Is it good that count had de

Routine check up 6 weeks ago and platelets were 650.  3 weeks later I had bad case of flu. Over flu, but have a moderate case of shingles.  Blood work yesterday had platelets at 603. Could these illnesses cause the high count? Is it good that count had de

See hematologist: High platelets can be divided into reactive or essential. Reactive is as it mean, not a problem by itself. Example of reactive is when there is illness Inflammation and iron diff anemia. Essential will need further work up to know where is the problem in the platelets manufacturing process. Your first blood work done when you were not sick so it is unlikely that it's related to illness. ...Read more

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How long does shingles last?

How long does shingles last?

Shingles : Usually 2-4 weeks. There has to be some exposure to chicken pox in the past. A few will go on the develop pain long after all is healed. ...Read more

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How long would shingles last for?

How long would shingles last for?

Rash or pain: The physical manifestations of shingles, usually rash and small papules (fluid filled blisters) last a few days to a week. The pain of shingles if not treated early and aggressively, can lead to a condition called post-herpetic neuralgia. This condition can be very difficult to treat. ...Read more

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How long does shingles vaccone last?

As far as we know: It has been shown to reduce the incidence of herpes zoster (known as shingles) by 51.3%. As far as we know at this time it is a one time vaccine. ...Read more

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How long does the shingles last on side?

See below: Herpes zoster usually clears up in 2 to 3 weeks and rarely returns. If the virus affects the nerves that control movement (the motor nerves), you may have temporary or permanent weakness or paralysis.

Sometimes, the pain in the area where the shingles occurred may last from months to years. This pain is called postherpetic neuralgia. ...Read more

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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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How long doside effects of shingles shot last?

Short time: Zostavax is a shingles vaccine approved by the fda. The vaccine can cause side effects, but they're generally mild and don't last long. ...Read more

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I wish to know how long does shingles last for?

7-10 days: For the rash to run its course. Longer, if post herpetic neuralgia persists. Phn can last months, sometimes years. ...Read more

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How long do the symptoms of shingles last for you?

How long do the symptoms of shingles last for you?

1-2 weeks: The rash that occurs with shingles usually lasts about 7-10 days before all the lesions dry up and begin to fall off. Lifelong scarring occasionally results. The pain associated with the rash usually lasts about 2 weeks but can persist for much longer (sometimes lifelong) in 10-15% of patients. ...Read more

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How long does it take for shingles symptoms to appear?

How long does it take for shingles symptoms to appear?

How long after what?: The pain and/or itching can be present for a day or so before the typical rash. ...Read more

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How long will it take for me to recover from shingles?

How long will it take for me to recover from shingles?

It varies: There is not one right answer. With treatment one can take up to six weeks to get better. ...Read more

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How long do the symptoms of shingles last for in a teen?

Varies: Shingles can have groups of lesions which occur for 1-7 days then progress to crusts and healing over the next 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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Don? T understand cause of shingles how long does it last?

Don? T understand cause of shingles how long does it last?

Virus reactivation: After having had chickenpox, the virus can lie dormant in the nerve ganglion only to reactivate years to decades later. Most people who get it, only get it once. There is a vaccine to decrease the risk of getting the reactivation or its complications by boosting the immunity to the virus. ...Read more

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How long do the symptoms of shingles last if first attack?

1-2 weeks: The rash that occurs with shingles usually lasts about 7-10 days before all the lesions dry up and begin to fall off. Lifelong scarring occasionally results. The pain associated with the rash usually lasts about 2 weeks but can persist for much longer (sometimes lifelong) in 10-15% of patients. ...Read more

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What to do if I have shingles, please help determine how long.?

Shingles: Apply cornstarch or baking soda to help dry the sores. There is no cure for shingles, but treatment with prescription for antiviral drugs can speed healing and reduce risk of complications, like postherpetic neuralgia. Gabapentin and local anesthetics are also very useful for pain relive. Talk to your PCP for more information. Take care. ...Read more

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How long do shingles take to heal or how long befor I'm over them.

Usually: Usually 2 to 3 weeks but sometimes the pain or unusual sensations can last weeks or months. ...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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How long until the shingles goes away? Can I give it to anyone if it is my second case of it?

Shingles: Shingles is only contagious when you have open sores. Most cases last 4-6 weeks but the post herpetic nerver pain can last years. ...Read more

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Shingles.... Question about how long pain will last? Should it get better with the anitvirals?

Hopefully short : It can vary greatly from a few days, weeks, months, and even beyond a year in some. If the correct antiviral agent is initiated withing the first 48-72 hours, it is more likely to help decrease the symptoms of acute neuritis as well as post-herpetic neuralgia. Even then, there is no guarantee the pain will be diminished with timely initiation of antiviral medications. ...Read more

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Just had shingles shot. Never had shingles. How long does it take to have its maximum positive effect in the body-immediate response, weeks or months?

Probably a few weeks: The shingles shot which is 50 percent effective, will probably be somewhat effective within the next few weeks. If you do end up getting shingles after the shot it will usually be a mild case. No one knows how long the shingles shot is effective for. ...Read more

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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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How long is shingles contagious for?

For...: Usually until all the little blisters (vesicles) have dried up (crusted). ...Read more

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How long do the scabs last with shingles?

How long do the scabs last with shingles?

2-4 weeks: Blisters turn to scabs in 7-14 days, and scabs heal and fall off in 2-4 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does shingles last after it scabs?

How long does shingles last after it scabs?

For Life: The virus responsible for chicken pox lives in the nerves and lead to more than episode of shingles later in life. Once the sores scab over the symptoms tend to diminish within a few days. The more aggressively the symptoms are treated the less likely long term problems are to occur. If you've not been seen by your pcp I would suggest doing so. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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