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Should I Stop Taking Methotrexate After Being Diagnosed With Herpes Zoster
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 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
I have been diagnosed with herpes zoster infection. But yesterday I had a sudden blackout. Have been on valacyclovir and clavam since Friday.
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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