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What to do if I have shingles, please help determine how long.?

What to do if I have shingles, please help determine how long.?

Shingles: Apply cornstarch or baking soda to help dry the sores. There is no cure for shingles, but treatment with prescription for antiviral drugs can speed healing and reduce risk of complications, like postherpetic neuralgia. Gabapentin and local anesthetics are also very useful for pain relive. Talk to your PCP for more information. Take care. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is 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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What is a good way to determine if its shingles or just a rash?

What is a good way to determine if its shingles or just a rash?

Shingles rash: Preceeded by pain, itching, tingling along the nerve from your back to the area where the rash is now present. You would have had a history of chicken pox at some point in the past as well. ...Read more

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Is there a blood test to determine if you don't need a shingles shot? I am over 65. I was told a blood test would determine if i need one.

Is there a blood test to determine if you don't need a shingles shot?  I am over 65.  I was told a blood test would determine if i need one.

Titer: A varicella titer blood test can help determine how strong your immunity is to the virus that causes chicken pox and herpes zoster (shingles). Most people have low titers by the age of 65 and the shingles vaccine is recommended over the age of 60 to prevent shingles. ...Read more

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How to determine the difference between genetal herpes and shingles?

How to determine the difference between genetal herpes and shingles?

See below: Herpes has vesicles all the same age-that is they all have thin roofed veicles which unroof all at about the same time shigles on the other hand has crops of veisicles that vary in age from day 1 to day 7 -so some will have intact vesicles and others with have unroofed the vesicles. ...Read more

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How to determine if shingles or some herpes virus is affecting the cranial nerves? if it happens what to do?

How to determine if shingles or some herpes virus is affecting the cranial nerves?  if it happens what to do?

See your doctor: This partly duplicates another question. See that reply. There isn't enough info here to say anythine more, e.g. what symptoms you are having. See your primary care doctor if you have continuing symptoms that concern you. ...Read more

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Recurring rash on L button cheek. Preceded with severe back pain. Aprox 4 times a year. A biopsy determined that it is not shingles or cancer. ?

Recurring rash on L button cheek. Preceded with severe back pain. Aprox 4 times a year.  A biopsy determined that it is not shingles or cancer. ?

Allergic reaction?: It may represent an allergic reaction to a medication, clothing or something else in your daily life that you apply to the same aeea every 4 minths. Check your habits or get a second opinion on dx ...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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Can young adults (early 20's) be diagnosed with shingles?

Yes but rare: Depending on the severity of the shingles (zoster) and risk factors, your doctor may decide to investigate for underlying systemic conditions associated with an immunocomprised state. ...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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Why could it be that someone who has the shingles gets them one right after another. Like they go away in no time they are back?

Recurrent Shingles: People with immune system diseases such as aids, diseases that affect the immune system such as cancer and those who take drugs that suppress the immune system because of autoimmune disease or organ transplant are most likely to develop recurrent shingles. ...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