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What Determines Who Gets Shingles
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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. ?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer