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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?

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: I can find no clinical information to suggest that a repeat immunization is required once immunized. Here is the Centers For Disease Control link: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/adult.html ...Read more

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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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.

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

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Can shingles be prevented?

Can shingles be prevented?

Not completely: Shingles is a reactivation of the virus that causes chicken pox. There is a vaccine for shingles (zostavax). It doesn't prevent shingles completely, but may cause it to be milder, and reduce the amount of pain after the rash. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about immune system how do I bulid it up I have shingles n need to?

Shingles Shot?: You may be an appropriate candidate for the immunization which boosts your immunity to the virus which remains in your body after you had the acute outbreak of Chickenpox. Discuss with your doctor. Insurance coverage varies also. ...Read more

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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

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

One side of the body: If the rash is confined to one side of the body and does not cross the mid-line either on the back or on the front, it is likely to be shingles. It would be prudent to see a doctor to prevent the development of a chronically painful condition. ...Read more

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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 more

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Who gets shingles?

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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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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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 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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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more