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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
See below: Xenoderm is used for wounds rather than rashes; it may provide minimal pain relief, but there are much better medications your doctor can give for shingles pain. Xenoderm is also used for removing dead skin from wounds, which generally isn't necessary with shingles. Antiviral meds from your doc are best for treating shingles & preventing pain (post-herpetic neuralgia). ...Read more
Bacteria vs virus:
Very good question. Mupirocin (bactroban) is an antibiotic that is often used for bacterial based skin infections like impetigo.
Shingles is caused by a virus, herpes zoster, and requires antiviral medications. Having said that, if you picked at your lesions they may have an additional bacterial component to them which umpired in might help. ...Read more
After applying ointment and having medicine for herpes zoster my infected area is itching more and it stings mostly. Should I worry?
Details are everythi: Do you really have zoster? Or something else? This diagnosis is frequently wrong. You fail to describe enough for any speculation about diagnosis. You did not bother to name the "ointment" or the "medicine" or how long in use. Go see a dermatologist. ...Read more
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
I gave shingles again! I had them in january 2014 and now march 2014. Is this normal? This second time is bad! The first round wasn't as bad.
Can get shingles mor: It is possible to get shingles more than once. If you were in a lot of pain you might want to talk to your doctor about taking no neurontin, (gabapentin) adrug that might help with the pain. When you get to be older you should also consider getting the shingles vaccine which is 50 percent effective. ...Read more
It happens/rare: Shingles that young would imply that mother had chickenpox during pregnancy or that the kid had it in the first months of life. There are many blister producing illnesses that might seem to be shingles. If what you see is on both sides of the body, its not shingles. This process emerges in an localized area on one side only. ...Read more
Hi I have shingles on my left side of the neck. Was wondering if I can cover them with a white non sticky bandage so I don't spread it?
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