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Just had shingles shot in 2015 as a prevention strategy. Never had shingles. Am healthy. Generally, when do I need my next shingles shot if at all?
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
I get shingles regularly. Can I have the varicella-zoster vaccine? I wouldn't think so since it's for prevention, but i've heard otherwise.
Very unusual: It would be very unusual for a young person who is otherwise healthy to get shingles, let alone recurrent shingles. How has it been diagnosed? A viral culture may help define it with certainty. Please see your doctor as what you are describing isn't normal and should be investigated. If it truly is recurrent shingles then a search for the underlying cause needs to be undertaken. ...Read more
I have a rash on the right side of my back. It is painful and looks similar to shingles. How do I know if I have shingles? I am 60 yrs. old and have n
Diagnosed w/ shingles a few months ago i have had 4 more since then all n the same local on my left outter thigh Now I have 2 1 on each side Plz help?
Doubt shingles, HSV?: Shingles almost never recurs so often, especially at your age and if good health otherwise. Have you ever had genital herpes? Recurrent HSV2 can look exactly like mild shingles and can recur on the thigh. OTOH, HSV outbreaks almost always are one side only. See your doctor ASAP while outbreak is fresh and ask about viral testing from the outbreak for both HSV and shingles, plus an HSV blood test. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer