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Hi, i'm 33 and i've been diagnosed with herpes zoster. I had unprotected passive sex 3 weeks ago with a man who might have syphilis.Are the 2 related?

Hi, i'm 33 and i've been diagnosed with herpes zoster. I had unprotected passive sex 3 weeks ago with a man who might have syphilis.Are the 2 related?

No: Herpes zoster (shingles) is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you've had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles. Syphilis is a bacterial infection usually spread by sexual contact. Shingles is a viral infection, syphilis is a bacterial infection. ...Read more

Methotrexate (Definition)

Methotrexate was originally used in the early 1950's as a treatment for cancer but was also found to be effective in many other diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. It has anti inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties which make it an excellent first line therapy for RA ...Read more


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I have been diagnosed with herpes zoster infection. But yesterday I had a sudden blackout. Have been on valacyclovir and clavam since Friday.

I have been diagnosed with herpes zoster infection. But yesterday I had a sudden blackout. Have been on valacyclovir and clavam since Friday.

Both of these drugs: can be associated with passing out. More likely with the Valtrex than with the Clavam but potential for either. You should notify your health care provider and potentially go in for a reevaluation before continuing the medications. ...Read more

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Is there ways to quicken the poping up of my blisters created by herpes zoster? How? Im already taking aciclovir.

Is there ways to quicken the poping up of my blisters created by herpes zoster? How? Im already taking aciclovir.

Patience: It will heal with time and medicine. If you're getting frequent outbreaks, your doctor can give you medicine for suppression. ...Read more

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How to cure pus caused by herpes zoster? Im already taking up oral antibiotic.

How to cure pus caused by herpes zoster? Im already taking up oral antibiotic.

Herpes zoster: Keep taking the antibiotic. The blisters should dry up after a few days. If you're impatient, use a sterile needle and pop the blisters, then clean the area with some soap and water. Then keep the area dry. ...Read more

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Is it possible to do cardio on the threadmill when I have herpes zoster?

Is it possible to do cardio on the threadmill when I have herpes zoster?

Shingles: There should be no problem with exercise. Avoid getting too sweaty as it may irritate the skin more, causing more pain. Friction from clothing may also increase pain, so wear softer soother fabrics. ...Read more

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My friend is only 22. Is it normal for her to get.Herpes zoster in that age?

Can happen any time: Herpes zoster can happen to anone who's ever had chicken pox. Most of us have had chicken pox, thus most of us can get zoster. Zoster at younger ages typically can be brought on by stress or other insults to the immune system. Maybe your friend is under a lot of stress? Not sleeping enough? Have her see a doctor, she can and should be treated for her zoster. ...Read more

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How to treat herpes zoster? Can it cause death?

Depends on situation: If you had chicken pox then you risk getting shingles. Vaccination the best way to lower the risk of getting shingles; the severity of pain and complications are signifantly decreased. Acyclovir is used for therapy, but is most effective witihn 48-72 hrs of an outbreak. Death from shingles is rare but can happen esp in pt with impaired immunity. ...Read more

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Any tips on pain relief for shingles/herpes zoster?

Zoster pain: 1. Anti-virals- decrease length of symptoms 2. Anti-inflammatories 3. Neuropathic pain meds: gabapentin, lyrica, (pregabalin) tcas... 4. Traditional pain meds 5. Epidural steroid injections hang in there! ...Read more

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Shingles - herpes zoster. In need og natural food suggestions. Any ideas?

Shingles - herpes zoster. In need og natural food suggestions. Any ideas?

Don't know if your: Doc has you on Acyclovir or similar. Also, zostrix (capsaicin) vaccine may decrease future outbreaks. Prednisone can be helpful & is safe if used for short period of time -can help limit long term neuralgia. The only supplement i know of is lysine 500-1000mg 3x/ day during outbreak but it can interact w some antibiotics so check w doc. If outbreak is orotund eyes please see doc to check for eye involvement. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...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