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Doctor insights on: Shingles Length Of Illness

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For what length of time do shingles last?

For what length of time do shingles last?

Depends: The infectious part of shingles lasts only a few days but pain can persist for the rest of the life of the individual. ...Read more

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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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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 less. 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

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Im 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. Im healthy and have NO illnesses?

Im 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. Im 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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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 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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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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I have a disease called shingles. What should I do?

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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My son is 25 has schizophrenia and just got shingles any problems or relation ship between either disease?

My son is 25 has schizophrenia and just got shingles any problems or relation ship between either disease?

Stress: Unfortunately shingles is caused by a virus (herpes zoster) which we get from chicken pox and it stays with us. The virus is dormant in sensory nerves. During stress, states of illness and with aging (when our immune system becomes weakened), the virus can become active in the affected nerve and that's why shingles occurs in localized skin areas. ...Read more

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Os it normal for the pain of shingles to get worse or change over the course of the disease? It still burns and itches but now I have stabbing pain to

Os it normal for the pain of shingles to get worse or change over the course of the disease? It still burns and itches but now I have stabbing pain to

Yes: You omitted crucial information. When did it begin? Treatment? How long after onset was treatment started? Is skin now healed? Exactly where is it? Best way to control this pain is doxepin cream 5%. ...Read more

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I have shingles. I'm 17 years old and the rash is on my back. What are my chances of postherpetic neuralgia. No other disease, ?

I have shingles. I'm 17 years old and the rash is on my back. What are my chances of postherpetic neuralgia. No other disease, ?

Shingles & PHN.: The best chance of preventing PHN would be to start an appropriate anti viral medication (Valtrex (valacyclovir) or Famvir) within 48 hours of noticing the rash. Otherwise, you have to hope for the best. The occurrence of PHN is generally unpredictable. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to take valacyclovir 3 grams daily for shingles? I'm afraid of the dangerous side effects on kidneys as kidney disease runs in my fam.

Is it necessary to take valacyclovir 3 grams daily for shingles? I'm afraid of the dangerous side effects on kidneys as kidney disease runs in my fam.

That's your business: The medicine is safe. Even the crystal nephropathy that a few people get is expected to heal right up. Drink plenty of water. You owe it to yourself and those to whom you have responsibilities to be treated effectively for shingles -- it can be disabling. ...Read more

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I have chronic lymphoproliferative disorder w/cll vs follicular lymphoma. Is it safe to get a shingles vaccination?

Probably: The degree of immunosuppression the average patient with cll has isn't bad enough to worry about getting disseminated zoster infections from the vaccine, but your physicians know your particular condition and how healthy or sick your immune system is. Ask them, especially your oncologist. ...Read more

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Had shingles in my ear and lost my hearing.Inf. Disease dr. Said i must take Valtrex (valacyclovir) 1gm daily for the rest of my life.I am 65, is this necessary?

Valtrex (valacyclovir): Valtrex (valacyclovir) is usually prescribed for a week or two. To take for a life time seems excessive. Get a second opinion from a neurologist or ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Can shingles be the cause of hand foot mouth disease virus?

Can shingles be the cause of hand foot mouth disease virus?

No: No.Although the viruses are part of the same family of viral disease, the shingles or herpes zoster is not the same as the coxsackie virus cause of hand foot and mouth disease. ...Read more

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Can liver disease or inflammation relate to having swollen lymph nodes in groin (tender) for 7 months? Started near time of shingles outbreak. Tired.

Maybe: What was the cause of the liver disease? Shingles are a recurrence of dormant virus living in a nerve root. The shingles is an opportunist that comes as a rash, when the immune system is compromised. In itself it can make you very poorly. The liver disease is important to know about. How bad is the liver? ...Read more

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Not shingles saw infectious disease dr, he said not shingles, not std, not cancer sores keep coming back when i go off viral infection med why?

Not shingles saw infectious disease dr, he said not shingles, not std, not cancer sores keep coming back when i go off viral infection med why?

Immune deficiency: Need to know more about the rash, history of infections, the antiviral medication etc. Would comment that with repeated bacterial skin infections or viral infections that are difficult to control (and many other scenarios involving recurrent unexplained infection), it may be helpful to see an Immunologist to rule out underlying deficiency. ...Read more

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For what length of time do I take off work when I have shingle?

Back to work: The answer depends upon where you work and where your blisters are located. If the blisters are on your face, do not return to work until the area has crusted over, which generally takes seven to 10 days. If the blisters are in an area that you can cover (eg, with a gauze bandage or clothing), you may return to work when you feel well. ...Read more

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I have auto immune disease & have had shingle 5 times in various locations in the last 18mths. Would the vaccine help or trigger another attack?

I have auto immune disease & have had shingle 5 times in various locations in the last 18mths.  Would the vaccine help or trigger another attack?

Shingles vaccine: Shingles, or herpes zoster, usually comes out at times of stress-that's when the body is busy with something, and the virus which lives in all people who have had chickenpox comes out for a little party. A) I would want to know if truly u had shingles. B) wonder if there's anything 'correctable' with your immune system. C) Vaccine would help, but there are issues to discuss since it's a 'live vax' ...Read more

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Can young adults (early 20's) be diagnosed with shingles?

Can young adults (early 20's) be diagnosed with shingles?

Yes but rare: Depending on the severity of the shingles (zoster) and risk factors, your doctor may decide to investigate for underlying systemic conditions associated with an immunocomprised state. ...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