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Doctor insights on: Shingles In Teenagers

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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


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Can schizophrenia occur in a young child?

Can schizophrenia occur in a young child?

Yes, but rarely does: For reasons still poorly understood, schizophrenia is relatively rare until after puberty, but there are well-described cases in children as young as 4 years old. Aftter puberty, the risk rises, with the peak risk at 18-20. Research suggests this is related to major changes in brain architecture that occurs during puberty, but we still do not understand what causes the disorder. ...Read more

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Does chicken pox in young children always cause shingles later as an adult?

Does chicken pox in young children always cause shingles later as an adult?

See below : Shingles is the reappearance of the chicken pox virus in adulthood after a period of stress or immunocompromise. You must have had chickenpox earlier in life to develop shingles. ...Read more

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Why would shingles occur in a young person?

Why would shingles occur in a young person?

Shingles: While it is uncommon for shingles in a young person it is not unheard of. All you need is to have had chickenpox before. Shingles can present in times of decreased immunity, stress etc.. ...Read more

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How rare is eye cancer in teens and young adults?

How rare is eye cancer in teens and young adults?

Very very rare: Young adults rarely develop eye cancer. Retinoblastoma a primary cancer of the eye is found in new born or young babies less than 5 years old. Other types of eye cancer including eye lid cancer, lacrimal gland cancer, sebaceous cell cancer are extremely rare and more so in young adults. ...Read more

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Can acne develop in young adulthood randomly?

Can acne develop in young adulthood randomly?

Yes, Anytime: Acne can come at any point in time and at any age. Causes of acne include stress, environment, hormones, etc... If you have acne, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can bladder cancer occur in teenagers?

Can bladder cancer occur in teenagers?

Yes, but very rarely: Bladder rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare, but very dangerous type of bladder cancer, usually occurs in much younger children, but occasionally in teenagers. Some children can survive with very invasive treatment. I have seen and treated a low grade transitional cell cancer in a ciggarette smoking boy who was also exposed to 2nd hand smoke from both parents from whom he stole ciggarettes! ...Read more

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Is plantar fasciitis common in young adults and teens?

Is plantar fasciitis common in young adults and teens?

Can be: It does not discriminate based on age. Though more common in 30's and up then teens. ...Read more

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Please describe the most common fatal cancer in children and teens?

Please describe the most common fatal cancer in children and teens?

Leukemia & Brain: The most complete (though older) data is from 1995, where leukemia caused the most deaths in children and teens. Over the past decade, we have gotten better at treating leukemia. The most current good data available (2009) shows that leukemia and brain tumors now cause about the same number of cancer deaths in children and teens. ...Read more

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Does kleptomania occur more in children or in adults?

Does kleptomania occur more in children or in adults?

Adults: It is more common for children to take things, but the full blown diagnosis of kleptomania is more common in adults. ...Read more

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Can the smallpox vaccine cause chickenpox in an adult?

Can the smallpox vaccine cause chickenpox in an adult?

Smallpox&varicella : Small popx and varicella viruses are different and one cannot cause the other. ...Read more

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What percentage of young adults in america have pingueculas in their eyes?

What percentage of young adults in america have pingueculas in their eyes?

High percentage: Pingueclua are a normal response to wind, dust and uv light. They are the eyes defense in the middle years to these external forces. They have no symptoms and are usually unnoticed. Many are small enough that they can only be seen with a medical microscope. Almost all young adults have some degree of pinguecula even if not obvious in a mirror. ...Read more

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How prevalent is cancer in teens?

How prevalent is cancer in teens?

Not at all common.: It is the age of osteo sarcoma, near knee; Ewings, brain tumors, lymphomas and leukemias, but these are all unusual tumors, None have known causes. No known preventative, Thankfully very few families need to deal with this. St Jude a Resource in Memphis. ...Read more

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Who all is abused in childhood?

Who all is abused in childhood?

Abuse...: Does not discriminate..Abused children can be male, female, rich, poor, white, non-white, english speaking, non-english speaking. Abuse crosses all the economic, social, class and ethnic lines. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of meningitis in adults in college?

What are symptoms of meningitis in adults in college?

Sick as stink: Imagine the morning after a night of drinking, but no night of drinking - that would be like the symptoms of meningitis. Severe headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, ache, trouble with vision, trouble with balance, feeling like you want to die - then you may have meningitis. Needs thorough medical evaluation right away! ...Read more

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Is shingles and chicken pox in the herpes family?

Chicken pox shingles: There are at least 8 herpes viruses that all share a very similar genetic makeup. Varicella zoster is the chicken pox virus that affects children. It may remain dormant for years then reappear in the elderly or earlier if your immune system is compromised. Once reactivated it can cause "shingles." it is then referred to as herpes zoster. ...Read more

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How common is osteoarthritis in older adults?

How common is osteoarthritis in older adults?

Very Common: Its a normal part of aging however if you are a high level athlete you may have higher incidence of this as you age. ...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