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Can the shingles vaccination prevent shingles?

Can the shingles vaccination prevent shingles?

Yes: The shingles vaccine, zostavax, is available to adults in a particular age group. Zostavax helps prevent shingles, but is not completely protective. Some people can still get shingles even though they were vaccinated. Zostavax costs about $250 if not covered by insurance. ...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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Does chickenpox vaccine protect from shingles?

Does chickenpox vaccine protect from shingles?

Maybe,maybe not: The vaccine developed to help suppress shingles has many times the amount of varicella material than the chickenpox vaccine. Simple varicella vaccine use may res-erect some of your waning varicella antibodies and put off shingles but it may just protect you better against wild chickenpox. ...Read more

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How effective is the varicella vaccine for preventing chicken pox?

How effective is the varicella vaccine for preventing chicken pox?

85% AND 100%: 1 Dose of varicella vaccine is 85% effective at preventing any form of Varicella(Chicken Pox) And 100% effective in preventing severe form of chicken pox It means if 15% odds you get varicella it will be really mild as you have some immunity ...Read more

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Can a shingles vaccination protect someone from herpes?

Can a shingles vaccination protect someone from herpes?

See below: While chickenpox (varicella) is in the family of herpes viruses, it is not the same virus that causes oral (herpes simplex -1) and genital herpes (herpes simplex - 2) ...Read more

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Does the HPV vaccine (gardasil) help prevent herpes?

Does the HPV vaccine (gardasil) help prevent herpes?

A different "H": The human papiloma virus that causes hpv and many other issues is very different from the herpes simplex virus that causes herpes. As such, the vaccine for hpv does not prevent herpes. ...Read more

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Is shingles contagious?

Yes: Its a reactivation of the chicken pox virus. Until all the vesicles have crusted over, you can give it to anyone who hasn't had chicken pox or the vaccine. Avoid exposure to young kids, pegnant, elderly, frail, or folks with lowered immune systems. ...Read more

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Might exposure to chicken pox cause a shingles outbreak?

Might exposure to chicken pox cause a shingles outbreak?

They are buddies: Varicella-zoster are the responsible parties in chicken pox and shingles. If you have ever had chicken pox or the vaccine there is the possibility of shingles in your lifetime. While chicken pox does not cause shingles it has a clear role in its development. Other precipitating factors will bring out a shingles outbreak such as a viral illness, fatigue, and stress. ...Read more

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Shingles rash, treatment?

Shingles rash, treatment?

Valacyclovir: The treatment is with a high dose of an anti-herpes drug (usually valacyclovir) if given early enough during the course of the outbreak. ...Read more

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Is shingles and chicken pox in the herpes family?

Is shingles and chicken pox in the herpes family?

Chicken pox shingles: There are at least 8 herpes viruses that all share a very similar genetic makeup. Varicella zoster is the chicken pox virus that affects children. It may remain dormant for years then reappear in the elderly or earlier if your immune system is compromised. Once reactivated it can cause "shingles." it is then referred to as herpes zoster. ...Read more

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The best treatment for herpes zoster's neuropathy?

The best treatment for herpes zoster's neuropathy?

Post herpetic: Post herpetic neuralgia is a very painful condition that can occur after an outbreak of shingles which is a reactivation of the chickenpox virus usually occurring in older people. It can be very tough to treat. Different nerve pain medications can be helpful. Topical Lidocaine patches can help and there is also a topical capsaicin patch that is applied for one hour in the office. Nerve blocks occ. ...Read more

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Remedy for shingles?

Remedy for shingles?

See a pain doc ASAP: Antivirals, like valtrex, (valacyclovir) need to be started within 72 hrs of shingle symptoms. They can decrease the severity and duration of the rash. If pain persists after the rash is gone - postherpetic neuralgia (phn) - it needs to be treated aggressively so it does not last forever. The older you are when you have shingles, the more likely you are to have phn. See a board certified pain specialist for help. ...Read more

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Lifespan of varicella zoster virus?

Lifetime: As long as you live, the virus stays with you mostly in dormant stage and occasionally flares up. ...Read more

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Could herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active herpes zoster?

Why ?????: Giving the vaccine to anyone with active shingles would be a waste of time, resources and effort. It would not treat the infection or benefit the recipient in any way. ...Read more

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What triggers shingles?

What triggers shingles?

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

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What's recommended as a cure for pain from shingles outbreak?

What's recommended as a cure for pain from shingles outbreak?

Shingles: See your doctor. There are several excellent medications for shingles pain. I usually use Gralise and lidoderm. ...Read more

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Is there a vaccine to prevent shingles?

Is there a vaccine to prevent shingles?

Yes, Zostavax: Zostavax is a vaccine to prevent shingles in adults. Some age limitations apply. The vaccine is helpful but not completely protective, so some people still get shingles even though they were vaccinated. Shingles can cause permanent pain in the affected skin area. ...Read more

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Are shingles contagous?

Are shingles contagous?

Shingles: Shingles (herpes zoster) results as a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus in patients previously afflicted with chickenpox. It is only contagious to individuals not previously vaccinated against chickenpox or who have an immune deficiency in whom it manifests as chickenpox and not shingles. It is preventable through vaccination. Ask your doctor how you can access the vaccine. Good luck! ...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