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Doctor insights on: Shingles In Teenagers

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How many days do shingles last in teenagers?

How many days do shingles last in teenagers?

A week: Prompt treatment (within 72 hours of onset) with an antiviral such as valacyclovir or Famciclovir will resolve most cases of shingles within a week. By "resolve" I mean most of the pain and inflammation will be gone, and no new blisters will be forming; complete resolution takes longer. A longer course may mean an underlying problem with the immune system, and your doctor will run some tests. ...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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Why and how do teenagers get shingles?

Why and how do teenagers get shingles?

Same as if not: Shingles occurs when a hibernating zoster virus (chickenpox) reactivates and travels down a nerve group, causing pain and a breakout. I have seen it in toddlers. We are not sure why it occurs. Since it commonly occurs in older folks, most speculate that a weak period in someones immunity allows it to activate. ...Read more

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

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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Is it possible for a 13 year old teen to contract the herpes zoster virus with no history of the varicella virus?

Is it possible for a 13 year old teen to contract the herpes zoster virus with no history of the varicella virus?

Terminology issue?: Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) is the virus that causes chicken pox in acute infection. After being exposed to VZV, the virus can become dormant and later appear as shingles, or herpes zoster. For one to have shingles (herpes zoster), they must have been infected with VZV previously. The acute infection (chicken pox) can be very mild, maybe unnoticed, especially if the person was vaccinated. ...Read more

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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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Who gets shingles?

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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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.". ...Read more

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Lesion free shingles?

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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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". ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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.. ...Read more

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Who can catch the shingles?

Anyone who has: Had chicken pox, who now has their immunity decrease. ...Read more

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How can you catch shingles?

Shingles: 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

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Way do people get shingles?

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

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Shingles how do you get it?

Shingles how do you get it?

Shingles: Firstly you have to have had chickenpox at some stage. The virus goes dormant and then later gets reactivated giving you "shingles". ...Read more

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Can children have shingles?

Yes: The only prerequisite for shingles is a prior infection with chickenpox or a dose of the vaccine. I have seen it in toddlers. It is less common with those who had the vaccine but still possible. Rare infant cases have been reported and likely reflect unrecognized infection during the pregnancy of both mother an infant. ...Read more

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Why is shingles so painful?  

Why is shingles so painful?  

Peripheral pain: Varicella zoster virus usually stays dormant in the ganglion of the spinal cord. Under certain conditions the virus migrates to peripheral dermatomes of certain thoracic areas causing intense pain. ...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