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What causes shingles outbreaks?

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What causes shingles outbreaks?

Stress: Stress or other conditions that lowers your immune system can prompt reactivation of vzv, the causative agent for chickenpox; this manifests as shingles. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster), occurring in people who have had chicken pox some time in their past. ...Read more


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Can reoccuring herpes outbreak cause cold symptoms?

Can reoccuring herpes outbreak cause cold symptoms?

Yes: Yes. However its is very often the other way around. You get a cold, it lowers your immune system and then you get a cold sore. ...Read more

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Shingles -has anyone had post-herpetic neuralgia pain treated?

Shingles -has anyone had post-herpetic neuralgia pain treated?

Several treatments: Post-herpetic neuralgia (chronic pain after shingles) can be treated with Gabapentin (neurontin) or other related drugs. You can also apply capsaicin (zostrix) cream to the area, which burns the nerve endings to deaden the pain. Other treatments include tricyclic antidepressants, Lidocaine patches, and, in severe cases, narcotic pain relievers. ...Read more

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Can the chicken pox virus cause symptoms of herpes?

Can the chicken pox virus cause symptoms of herpes?

Not really: A family of dna viruses known to cause human disease includes the herpes simplex strains that are well known to cause herpes i and ii (cold sore, genital sores)and herpes zoster that cause chickenpox and shingles.There are other herpes viruses that cause human disease but these are the ones under discussion. They are not the same virus. They may be cars but ones a chevy and the other a dodge. ...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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Have shingles without history of chickenpox?

Have shingles without history of chickenpox?

It happens: Data show as many as 95% of adults who think they never had chickenpox have blood evidence they did. It can also happen if they received the vaccine at any time. ...Read more

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Flu like symptoms after flu vaccine. Is this contagious?

Flu like symptoms after flu vaccine. Is this contagious?

Depends: If you had the nasal product this is a living virus and you could pass the "vaccine strain" to others.This might produce mild or no symptoms if passed. There is no way that you get or pass the injectable flu vaccine.It is a dead virus.If you had symptoms it is due to a reaction to getting the vaccine, not a flu. ...Read more

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Symptoms and timeline of chicken pox infection?

Symptoms and timeline of chicken pox infection?

CHICKENPOX: It takes 2 weeks after exposure to chickenpox to get the disease. It is vesicular skin lesions that turns into scabs, last for1 to 2 weeks. Lesions are very pruritic. ...Read more

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Can genital herpes symptoms always include blisters?

Can genital herpes symptoms always include blisters?

Mostly: The classical symptoms are small blisters which burst and look like an ulcer..After a week the ulcer heals spontaneously because the virus moves up into nerves. Later the cycle keeps repeating ...Read more

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After new partner I've had frequent herpes prodrome symptoms but never lesions,sores,etc. Swollen groin nodes, itch, tingles, sore back. What to do?

After new partner I've had frequent herpes prodrome symptoms but never lesions,sores,etc. Swollen groin nodes, itch, tingles, sore back. What to do?

Doctor can check: If a patient sees no lesions, it is hard to guess whether or not any symptoms are from herpes. Her doctor can help, perhaps by doing blood tests for herpes antibodies. If symptoms are happening often, perhaps a trial of preventive medication can be done, if the blood antibodies are positive for herpes. The partner's antibodies should be checked too, because one can only catch herpes from a person. ...Read more

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Herpes zoster/shingles pain in chest area (risk of postherpetic neuralgia). What can I do?

Herpes zoster/shingles pain in chest area (risk of postherpetic neuralgia). What can I do?

See your doctor.: Although there is not a “cure” for shingles- valacyclovir (valtrex), Acyclovir (zovirax) ; Famciclovir (famvir) can help symptoms. Narcotics (i.e., codeine), tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline), anticonvulsants (neurontin) as well as localized numbing medications can be used for pain. Cool bath or compresses over the rash may v pain/ itching. ...Read more

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R shingles contagious ?

Yes, circumstantial: You can't catch shingles from someone else who has shingles. But there is a small chance that a person with a shingles rash can spread the virus to another person who hasn't had chickenpox and who hasn't gotten the chickenpox vaccine. ...Read more

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Hx of a "mononucleosis like virus" (titer neg), still get chronic sinus infections, weakened immune system, shingles, bact infects. Poss causes? Hiv-

Hx of a "mononucleosis like virus" (titer neg), still get chronic sinus infections, weakened immune system, shingles, bact infects. Poss causes? Hiv-

Immune deficiency: Good that HIV has been ruled out! but there are other immune-deficiency states that need to be addressed. Tell your md to refer you to a good immunologist for further work up. ...Read more

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Can a shingles outbreak cause high fever and rash on genitals?

Can a shingles outbreak cause high fever and rash on genitals?

Herpes: If it looks like shingles and is on your genitals, it is much more likely to be herpes. So you doctor to have it checked. ...Read more

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No fever or flu symptoms just chills HIV delated?

No fever or flu symptoms just chills HIV delated?

Can be anything: Chills suggest the presence of a systemic infection but one cannot tell the cause without an exam and likely some blood tests. Consult your doctor. ...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