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I was diagnosed with shingles a month ago and I believe it's coming back. This is at least the 3rd time I've had these symptoms. Is it herpes?

I was diagnosed with shingles a month ago and I believe it's coming back. This is at least the 3rd time I've had these symptoms. Is it herpes?

Shingles is a: Reinfection of chicken pox. It can recur, and typically happens in times of stress, or illness. Did you have the shingles vaccine. Perhaps you need it. Talk to your dermatologist to verify and see what your next step is. Reducing stress is always a great start. Meditation and yoga practices can really help ...Read more

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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What is the symptoms of shingles?

What is the symptoms of shingles?

Shingles: At first, shingles causes weird sensations on you skin. You might feel itching, burning, pain, or tingling. Some people get a fever, feel sick, or get a headache. Within 1 to 2 days, a rash with blisters appears. Blisters most often appear in a band across the chest and back. They can show up on other parts of the body, too. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of shingles?

What are the symptoms of shingles?

Painful rash: It is a one sided rash usually in a band or belt - like distribution. There is usually pain or some kind of unpleasant sensation such as tingling or burning. The pain may come before the rash. The rash will usually form into many small blisters. It can also be on the face or arm. See your doctor right away for an antiviral medication to prevent post herpetic neuralgia which is very painful. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of shingles?

What are the symptoms of shingles?

Shingles may first…: Start as a burning sensation in the skin before a patch of blisters appear; blisters are red and somewhat resemble a patch of poison ivy contact. Blisters (like those in chickenpox) break & then scab over. If left untreated, the nerve (s) involved may produce severe pain lasting days to weeks. So treatment at the first appearance of rash is very important, esp. If eye area is involved. See doc ASAP ...Read more

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Do symptoms of shingles go away quickly?

Do symptoms of shingles go away quickly?

Varies, but get help: Symptoms need to be treated aggressively so they do not last forever. The greater the severity and duration of the rash, the more like you are to have postherpetic neuralgia (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 to feel better sooner. Don't accept that you just have to wait for it to "go away.". ...Read more

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For what length of time do shingles last?

For what length of time do shingles last?

Depends: The infectious part of shingles lasts only a few days but pain can persist for the rest of the life of the individual. ...Read more

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Can I get the shingles more than one time?

Shingles usually 1 X: Shingles occur a second time in a second place less than 4% of the time. Shingles are a reactivation of the chicken pox virus that can remain dormant after you've been exposed to chicken pox, many years later. When the body's immune system becomes stressed and can't fight off the virus's attempt to reactivate, the virus spreads from the spinal ganglion along the nerve pathway to the skin. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of shingles on body?

Shingles symptoms: Shingles often starts out as a patch of skin with a burning sensation followed a few days later by vesicles (small blisters) which eventually burst & scab over (just like chickenpox). Some pain may be present during the vesicle phase but more likely to appear in the healing phase. So best to get treatment early to prevent "post-herpetic neuralgia". Face/ear/eye warrant doc visit at once. ...Read more

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How long do the symptoms of shingles last for you?

How long do the symptoms of shingles last for you?

1-2 weeks: The rash that occurs with shingles usually lasts about 7-10 days before all the lesions dry up and begin to fall off. Lifelong scarring occasionally results. The pain associated with the rash usually lasts about 2 weeks but can persist for much longer (sometimes lifelong) in 10-15% of patients. ...Read more

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How long does it take for shingles symptoms to appear?

How long does it take for shingles symptoms to appear?

How long after what?: The pain and/or itching can be present for a day or so before the typical rash. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have shingles? What are the symptoms?

Shingles: Usually pain on one side of the body comes before the rash of shingles, which is also called herpes zoster. The blisters develop in that area. If you see a doctor soon enough you can take an anti-viral medication to help it heal sooner. ...Read more

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How long do the symptoms of shingles last for in a teen?

Varies: Shingles can have groups of lesions which occur for 1-7 days then progress to crusts and healing over the next 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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How long do the symptoms of shingles last if first attack?

1-2 weeks: The rash that occurs with shingles usually lasts about 7-10 days before all the lesions dry up and begin to fall off. Lifelong scarring occasionally results. The pain associated with the rash usually lasts about 2 weeks but can persist for much longer (sometimes lifelong) in 10-15% of patients. ...Read more

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I got shingles once is it possible to get it a second time?

I got shingles once is it possible to get it a second time?

Yes.: Your immunity has probably been boosted by your recent outbreak and you may be protected from another outbreak for a period of time, but no one knows for sure how long that might be. ...Read more

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Shingles on both side of the body at the same time, what could be wrong?

Shingles on both side of the body at the same time, what could be wrong?

Shingles: Shingles in more than one are of the body can just be "dumb luck" or it can be the sign of a problem with the immune system. Only your doctor can answer that question for sure. You need to be examined. ...Read more

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What happens when your symptoms of shingles come in contact with another person?

What happens when your symptoms of shingles come in contact with another person?

Possibly contagious: If any one has shingles, the patient has vesicles in a dermatomal distribution. Those vesicles could be contagious. It would be most important not to expose immunocompromised people such as transplant patients, people on steroids for collagen-vascular diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, and the very old and the very young. High risk people should be immunized a.S.A.P. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to have shingles break out on both sides of the body at the same time?

Is it possible for you to have shingles break out on both sides of the body at the same time?

Yes it is possible: Shingles virus follows a dermatomal pattern and when found on both sides of the body it is many times around the abdomen/chest area or thoracic back area. Another midline bilateral area it can be found is on the face. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if someone has shingles and it goes untreated for a long time?

Protracted shingles: Shingles with or without treatment often resolves. Treatment does have its advantages, potentially diminishing the severity of complication such as post-herpetic neuralgia, which can be quite painful and sometime disabling. If shingles persists with or without treatment, it should be brought to the the attention of a doctor who will order some tests to evaluate for a immune deficiency syndrome. ...Read more

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I had shingles a few years ago. Could one get shingles a second time and should I get vacinated?

Yes and yes: You can indeed get shingles more than one time and the vaccination can help lessen the chance of recurrence. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the full chronology of symptoms of shingles - from start to the very very end?

Can you please describe the full chronology of symptoms of shingles - from start to the very very end?

Chicken Pox: Then possibly shingles
no, end. It recurs when your immunity is low. So, stay healthy, and that will be the end of it (though virus will live forever in your nerves.). ...Read more

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I have shingles for the 3rd time. I'm only 28 years old. What is going on? Should I be tested for other things?

Doubt VZV? HSV2: You do not describe where your "shingles" are located. Varicella-zoster shingles only rarely recur especially in someone as young as you. If your lesions are anywhere near your genital area or buttocks it is probably herpes simplex virus 2 or genital herpes that is recurring. If this is the case valacyclovir tablets from your physician can prevent these recurrences. ...Read more

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Why could it be that someone who has the shingles gets them one right after another. Like they go away in no time they are back?

Recurrent Shingles: People with immune system diseases such as aids, diseases that affect the immune system such as cancer and those who take drugs that suppress the immune system because of autoimmune disease or organ transplant are most likely to develop recurrent shingles. ...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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How much time after the shingle shot will the shingles go away?

Shingles Treatment: By "shingles shot" I assume you mean the vaccine. Shingles vaccine is used to prevent occurrence of the shingles, but is not effective in treating an acute outbreak of shingles. Antiviral medications are used to treat acute shingles outbreak. Pain that lingers long after a shingles outbreak is called post-herpetic neuralgia and treated with medications such as Lidoderm, Neurontin, or Lyrica (pregabalin). ...Read more

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Is it possible to have shingles and cellulitis at the same time?

Is it possible to have shingles and cellulitis at the same time?

Yes: One thing that doctors become concerned about it herpes zoster infections near the eye that can lead to cellulitis. Another issue that can occur is a secondary infection which can lead to cellulitis. ...Read more

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What are the sign and symptoms of shingles and is it infectious to your other body parts?

Pain/lesions pattern: Shingles is extremely painful with lesions or rash in a nerve root distribution. The patient had chicken pox before, and the virus sits in the dorsal horn of the spinal column. People who are sleep deprived, under stress, immunocompromised are at risk. One needs to see the doctor for treatment to minimize the pain and to heal more quickly with steroid course. ...Read more

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I have symptoms similar to the start of shingles (had 30 yrs ago). Have pain only, no visible signs. Can a dr. Diagnose at this stage?

Maybe...: The rash makes the diagnosis so to speak, but many times pain precedes the actual skin changes. So by letting your doctor know it feels like your previous shingles, they may decide to treat based on lack of evidence of any other process causin that type of pain. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of the shingles virus?

What are the signs and symptoms of the shingles virus?

Open lesions: Shingles virus is a lesion in the dorsal horn of the spinal column which nestled there after chicken pox. It can become activated when
one is exhausted, stressed, immunocompromised, or on steroids. The symptoms are not only debilitating pain but also a rash of lesions in a dermatome distribution, that is, along a path from a nerve in the spinal column wrapped around to the front of the body. ...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