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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is 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 xenaderm ointment be used for shingles ?

Can xenaderm ointment be used for shingles ?

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

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Can mupirocin ointment be used for shingles ?

Can mupirocin ointment be used for shingles ?

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

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Does having shingles once mean you won't get it again?

Does having shingles once mean you won't get it again?

Afraid not: Activation of the herpes virus can recur, unfortunately. The "shingles shot" reduces chance of outbreak and severity. Talk yo your Physician or Pharmacist. ...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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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

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Shingles isn't an infection is it!?

Shingles isn't an infection is it!?

Yes: It's an infection caused by varicella zoster virus, the virus that also causes chicken pox. It's caused by reactivation of latent varicella zoster firus infection. ...Read more

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I think my 1 year old baby has shingles. Isn't that too young?

I think my 1 year old baby has shingles.  Isn't that too young?

Herpes Zoster: That would be most unusual , as shingles (herpes zoster) is the localized re-eruption of the chickenpox virus (varicella). Most infants have trans-placental anti-varicella antibody that protects them from chickenpox until at least 6 months of age. The antibody levels decline gradually to non-protective levels by 1 year which is why the first varicella vaccine is usually given at 1 yr of age. ...Read more

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I'm 25, haven't been stressed or sick, but have shingles, how did this happen?

I'm 25, haven't been stressed or sick, but have shingles, how did this happen?

Herpes zoster: The herpes zoster virus is dormant in your system ever since the chicken pox virus entered your body. Outbreaks of the shingles rash can occur without obvious reason. It is thought, however, that stress weakens the immune system and makes people prone to the outbreak. ...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