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What are shingles?

What are shingles?

WHAT IS SHINGLES: Shingles is an infectious condition caused by varicella virus which causes chicken pox.Once some one has had chicken pox and it clears ou, the virus stays dormant or inactive in your body for years , and then for some reason it becomes activated, comes out and attack the body and attacks the nerves, appears as rash looks like blistrs and can end up causing severe pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Herpes zoster is also known as Shingles. Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...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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Why does one person with these risk factors get shingles while another does not? 

Why does one person with these risk factors get shingles while another does not? 

Don't know: Risk factors increase the risk but do not guarantee that you get the condition. Genetic variation and immune system have a lot do with it, and our level of understanding of the process is very limited. There is a vaccine available. Talk to your doctor to see if it is recommended for you. ...Read more

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What are some complications shingles?

Nerve pain: A serious complication is post herpetic neuralgia which results in severe pain which can be temporary or chronic and unrelenting. This can sometimes result in hospitalization in its most severe forms for pain management. ...Read more

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Do the medicines cure shingles?

No: Shingles is caused by the chickenpox virus which lives in a dormant state in the nervous system. The medication makes it go back to a dormant state. ...Read more

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How can I make shingles less painful?

How can I make shingles less painful?

See a dermatologist: Zostrix is a nonprescription cream for shingles pain, but be aware that it may make pain worse before decreasing it. If you're not allergic to aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen, you can try one of those. Your doctor can prescribe stronger pain meds or other drugs like Gabapentin or amitriptyline. ...Read more

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What are the beginning signs of shingles?

What are the beginning signs of shingles?

Shingles symptoms: Early symptoms of shingles include headache, sensitivity to light, and flu-like symptoms without a fever. You may then feel itching, tingling, or pain where a band, strip, or small area of rash may appear several days or weeks later. A rash can appear anywhere on the body but will be on only one side of the body, the left or right. The rash will first form blisters, then scab over. ...Read more

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What exactly is shingles? I was just diagnosed with it. Should I be worried?

Zoster reactivation: Shingles (herpes zoster) is caused by reactivation of varicella zoster, the chickenpox virus, which lives in your nerve cells. It's painful, but if you have a healthy immune system it will get better on its own, and faster if you take anti-herpes drugs quickly. The main complication is post-herpetic neuralgia, chronic pain in the area of the lesions, which is more likely to occur in older people. ...Read more

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What is shingles?

Herpes zoster: Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) is an infection caused by the chicken pox virus. Those who had chicken pox previously recovered from the disease, but never got rid of the virus where it was dormant until the shingles outbreak. Treatments (and a vaccine) are available; see your doctor for more information. ...Read more

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L have pain from shingles for 18 months . Please what can l do to get out of the pain or ease lt.?

Polypharmacy!: Post herpetic neuralgia, the pain from the damaged nerves that were injured during the zoster (shingles) infection, is one of the hardest pains to deal with. Topical ointments are usually not well tolerated. Oral medications, especially the anti-seizure class, are useful but frequently more than one need to used at the same time to get results. Narcotics are helpful at times. Spinal cord stim ? ...Read more

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Shingles (Definition)

Clusters of vesicles ...Read more