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What are the symptoms of zoster?

What are the symptoms of zoster?

Shingles symptoms: Shingles often starts out as a patch of skin with a burning sensation followed a few days later by vesicles (small blisters) which eventually burst & scab over (just like chickenpox). Some pain may be present during the vesicle phase but more likely to appear in the healing phase. So best to get treatment early to prevent "post-herpetic neuralgia". Face/ear/eye warrant doc visit at once. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


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Zoster relapse is it possible if I catch a cold for example will I get new symptoms?

Zoster relapse is it possible if I catch a cold for example will I get new symptoms?

Herpes zoster: Yes, relapse may occur due to a wide variety of factors, and in some people never recurs at all. Stress of any form has been associated with reactivation, but again, some people never have it happen twice. ...Read more

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What are the specific symptoms of herpes zoster? To know when a person have to go to the doctor...

What are the specific symptoms of herpes zoster? To know when a person have to go to the doctor...

Shingles: Herpes zoster, or shingles, is a reactivation of the chicken pox virus. It often causes symptoms of burning, tingling, sharp sensation, or dull pain prior to the onset of the actual rash. Once the rash develops it is often a cluster of red, blistering lesions that are located in one particular area of the body (called dermatomes) supplied by a particular nerve. Dr can prescribe appropriate meds. ...Read more

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How does the varicella-zoster virus cause the symptoms of chickenpox?

How does the varicella-zoster virus cause the symptoms of chickenpox?

Chickenpox: Chickenpox is a viral disease caused by varicella zoster. After a chickenpox infection the virus lives on in nerves and of it reemerges later in life it only affects that part of the body innervated by that nerve, resulting in shingles. ...Read more

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Its that's true? You can get herpes in l-arginine? I have past symptom herpes zoster in my left side forehead. I'm planing to take l-arginine bodybuild

Its that's true? You can get herpes in l-arginine? I have past symptom herpes zoster in my left side forehead. I'm planing to take l-arginine bodybuild

Not been proven: Herpes is a virus infection, so can be transmitted by contact with another person who has a herpes infection or who carries the virus. Herpes simplex 1 and 2 are the common oral and/or genital herpes infections that people call "herpes". (herpes zoster is shingles, caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox.) contradicting information for lysine and arginine is all over the internet. ...Read more

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L-arginine and fish oil is good to use for body building? I had a past symptom herpes zoster. Its good if I take l-arginine and fish oil supplement

L-arginine and fish oil is good to use for body building? I had a past symptom herpes zoster. Its good if I take l-arginine and fish oil supplement

L-arginine and: High quality and strong enough (50 % epa&dha) fish oil are good products but high arginine can raise prob of herpes outbreak. Avoid arginine containing food such as nuts and chocolate. Lysine supplement will help balance arginine out. Fish oil studies show benefit for cardio, joints, skin, eyes, and inflammation. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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71 yr old female. Pain on outside portion of left ear. Had herpes zoster virus of left ear 15 yrs ago. No blisters. Symptoms began last night.?

71 yr old female. Pain on outside portion of left ear. Had herpes zoster virus of left ear 15 yrs ago. No blisters. Symptoms began last night.?

Possible herpes: If she did not have anything outside the ear look inside the ear canal you may find one or two, if you find them that is it. If you do NT search for other reasons. ...Read more

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I'm planing to take l-arginine? I had a past symptoms of herpes zoster? I heard taking l-argine can get herpes? I had once pimples, rashes in penis skin

I'm planing to take l-arginine? I had a past symptoms of herpes zoster? I heard taking l-argine can get herpes? I had once pimples, rashes in penis skin

See answer: There are 8 herpes virus types. Types most familiar to us: herpes simplex viruses (types 1 and 2) which can cause mouth cold sores and/or genital herpes; and varicella-zoster virus which causes chicken pox and shingles. Type-specific herpes blood test can help detect prior exposure to Types 1 and 2. L-Arginine, a common supplement, reportedly promotes replication of the herpes virus. Significant? ...Read more

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What happens if you leave a zoster outbreak untreated?

What happens if you leave a zoster outbreak untreated?

It will get better: It will get better on its own; it just might take a few days longer to heal up, and it's possible you'll have more pain. ...Read more

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What is herpes zoster?

Shingles: Zoster, often referred to as shingles, is a reactivation of the varicella (chickenpox) virus lying dormant in a nerve cell. When it occurs it generally begins without pain or itching in the distribution of the specific nerve and then the development of a rash in that area with small blisters. It tends to occur as a band on the torso or on the face. A vaccine exists to help prevention this. ...Read more

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What are signs of herpes zoster?

Pain, rash, itching: The common word for it is shingles. It may first make itself kinown by severe pain over a given area, very puzzling to a doc. After a day or so the blotchy red rash appears and itching and pain continue until it resolves. There is no valid treatment for it. ...Read more

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If v. Zoster IgG positive, that means you have herpes?

Varicella-zoster: Vz is the causative agent of chickepox which can recur later in life as shingles (herpes zoster). Herpes simplex is a completely different virus with different disease producing capacities. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: herpes zoster?

What is the definition or description of: herpes zoster?

See below: Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox. ...Read more

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Is herpes and shingles the same thing? What about herpes zoster?

Is herpes and shingles the same thing? What about herpes zoster?

Shingles: Herpes zoster is the medical word for shingles. When you get chicken pox the virus (herpes) rests in a nerve of your spine. Years later, if you are under stress or sick you can get shingles which is on one side of your body and can be very painful. If is not uncommon for the pain to start before the rash. ...Read more

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Can zoster run its course and go away without taking the antiviral?

Can zoster run its course and go away without taking the antiviral?

Yes: The intensity of this disorder is quite variable. Some can self heal over a 2-3 week period with no meds and some will develop a chronic pain syndrome that persists for years, even with meds. The ones with the brief recovery likely have residual immune response or healthier response to the re-activation of the virus. However. A weakened immune surveillance is why it emerges. I would take the med. ...Read more

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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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What food should be taken when you have herpes zoster? Thanks in advance

Shingle's Diet: There is no well studied scientific evidence that a certain food should be eaten or avoided in setting of herpez zoster (shingles). A healthy varied diet is advised to help provide the essential nutrients the body needs to deal with the infection. Adequate water intake is also important. ...Read more

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When is it secure for someone with herpes zoster be in contact with others?

When is it secure for someone with herpes zoster be in contact with others?

Some contacts are ok: Herpes zoster is the chicken pox virus, so a person with zoster can touch any normal person (not immunocompromised, not on prednisone, not a baby) who has immunity to the virus from a past vaccination or a past case of chicken pox or zoster. Otherwise, the zoster patient can wait until all his rash is fully healed (although he is probably not contagious once his scabs are all dry and healing). ...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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What are the forbidden foods (if any) for someone who is suffering from Herpes Zoster?

None: Food choices are very seldom the key to the management of any illness, other than the nutritional disease. Being sick is difficult enough without superstition. While you're recovering from zoster, eat sensibly. Generally, anyone does well to avoid much of the very sugary, the very greasy, or the very salty stuff. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is herpes zoster contagious airborne?

Is herpes zoster contagious airborne?

Zoster no, c'pox yes: People with their first infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV) (mostly kids w/ chickenpox) are infectious by respiratory secretions -- e.g. coughing on someone who previously never had chickenpox and wasn't vaccinated against VZV. However, herpes zoster (shingles) dosn't have virus in the respiratory tract and is rarely transmissible except by direct contact with the skin rash. ...Read more

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How can we identify a Herpes zoster patient?

Herpes zoster: Shingles occurs in people with history of prior chicken pox. Can occur many years after chicken pox when the persons immune system gets weak. The lesions are usually blisters that follow a single dermatome and does not cross the mid line of the body ...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