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What Is Shingles And How Do You Get It
Don't know: Risk factors increase the risk but do not guarantee that you get the condition. Genetic variation and immune system have a lot do with it, and our level of understanding of the process is very limited. There is a vaccine available. Talk to your doctor to see if it is recommended for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
L have pain from shingles for 18 months . Please what can l do to get out of the pain or ease lt.?
Polypharmacy!: Post herpetic neuralgia, the pain from the damaged nerves that were injured during the zoster (shingles) infection, is one of the hardest pains to deal with. Topical ointments are usually not well tolerated. Oral medications, especially the anti-seizure class, are useful but frequently more than one need to used at the same time to get results. Narcotics are helpful at times. Spinal cord stim ? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sooner or later....: If you live long enough, sooner or later you'll get shingles (zoster). While most common in the elderly, it can show up in young adults as well. Fortunately: most people only get it once; most cases aren't as bad as the drug companies want you to believe; medication (pills) are very helpful if treated early; and a vaccine "zostavax" can prevent it in many people, so discuss it with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Shingles occurs when the virus which causes chickenpox stays in your body in the nerve endings permanently and reactivates as herpes zoster (shingles). It is conceivable that a pet could have the virus on its coat after touching lesions and then somehow transmit it rapidly (viruses die quickly) to another person who would then get chickenpox, and not shingles. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Medication,accupunct: Shingles pain after the acute incident can transition into post-herpetic neuralgia. It is a very painful condition. Typical pain killers may help somewhat, but nerve calming meds may be. More effective. Lyrica, Cymbalta are exmples. Acupuncture may also help. Topical application of Lidocaine is also an option. Treating it early and aggressively is best. You should see a doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: A person can have shingles more than once. His primary care doctor can evaluate to see if there is a weakness in his immune system (or just bad luck, older age, or other bodily stressors) that allowed him to have the first case of shingles. The doctor can give some advice on whether or not the patient should get the shingles vaccine to help prevent a recurrence of shingles. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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