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Doctor insights on: Shingles Vs Scabies

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Are scabies similer to shingles?

Are scabies similer to shingles?

Not at all: With shingles you get painful blisters in a linear band on one side of your body. Scabies gives you itching, virtually always on both sides of your body, with no blisters. ...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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I was recently diagnosed with half of what I expected after some research: Shingles AND scabies. Could the scabies have triggered the shingles?

I was recently diagnosed with half of what I expected after some research: Shingles AND scabies. Could the scabies have triggered the shingles?

Hmmm....: A person can have scabies, or can have shingles, or can have both scabies and shingles. Haven't heard of scabies causing shingles, nor shingles causing scabies. Likely just a coincidence if having both at the same time. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a prickly feeling & feel like something is crawling on skin w/shingles? (Ruled out scabies w/Permitherin 4 times w/no change.)

Is it normal to have a prickly feeling & feel like something is crawling on skin w/shingles? (Ruled out scabies w/Permitherin 4 times w/no change.)

Not shingles: Singles is not the cause if you don't have an obvious painful rash in the same area. Nerve symptoms from past shingles (post-herpetic neuropathy might do this, but by itself this isn't shingles. If it's body wide, ask your doctor about delusional parasitosis, which can cause these symptoms. Google it and see if it fits your symptoms. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have itchy bumps for 5 weeks ...I don't know what it is. I don't have diabetes, I've had shingles a year ago...Not sure if its scabies or bug bites.

I have itchy bumps for 5 weeks ...I don't know what it is. I don't have diabetes, I've had shingles a year ago...Not sure if its scabies or bug bites.

Have it evaluated.: There are many things that could cause the skin to itch. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I had shingles at 28. Can I have them again, i'm in my 50's.?

I had shingles at 28. Can I have them again, i'm in my 50's.?

Shingles ?: Yes , the virus is in u body and i advise u to take vaccine for it. ...Read more

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My S/O family member is being treated for scabies, she has no symtoms but being treated. Is she contagious even if she has no lesions? stay away?

My S/O family member is being treated for scabies, she has no symtoms but being treated. Is she contagious even if she has no lesions? stay away?

Relax: Even if the person you love is crawling with scabies, that's no reason not to snuggle up and be happy together. You can both be treated at the same time. Congratulations on your relationship and best wishes to you both. ...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?

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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Why is shingles so painful? 

Why is shingles so painful? 

Peripheral pain: Varicella zoster virus usually stays dormant in the ganglion of the spinal cord. Under certain conditions the virus migrates to peripheral dermatomes of certain thoracic areas causing intense pain. ...Read more

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What to do if I have shingles?

There is no cure: The condition is not curable , but is treatable. Symptomatic treatment with analgesics, anti-inflammatory is recommended and antiviral drugs as a preventive. Stay away from people and be patient. The herpes zoster usually clears in 20 days. ...Read more

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What is the cause of shingles?

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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Can I have shingles on my butt?

Can I have shingles on my butt?

Shingles pain: Yes. Shingles is a painful nerve and skin condition caused by the virus herpes zoster and occurs in a dermatomal pattern. Usually there are several lessons. Shingles pain can be quite severe and some people will develop phn (post-herpetic neuralgia) a long-term version of shingles pain. There are some treatments that really help and it's important to see your pcp to diagnose and treat shingle. ...Read more

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Does zostrixhelp shingles pain?

Does zostrixhelp shingles pain?

Yes, but...: ...Be aware that zostrix (capsaicin) works by depleting the chemical in nerve endings that transmits pain. In order to deplete the chemical it has to release it, which means that they pain often gets worse for a day or so before it gets better. So don't worry if the pain worsens initially - keep applying the cream. ...Read more

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What happens if shingles spread?

What happens if shingles spread?

It is limited: Shingles can only spread along the nerve. That nerve has an end. The danger is when the area affected involves the eye. ...Read more

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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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How can I tellnif I have shingles?

Medical Eval: Shingles can cause fairly dramatic pain which is followed within a few days by a rash. It usually appears in a particular location on one side of the body. The rash burns intensely, itches ; is made up blisters that open up ; crust over. A person could also have a fever, chills, headache and generalized aches ; pains with fatigue. ...Read more

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Scabies (Definition)

A skin disease caused by a mite infection. Symptoms include an extremely itchy, linear rash where the mite has ...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