Shingles

What is Shingles?

Shingles is another name for vericella zoster viral infection(also called "zona") which is latent inside after the initial infection with Chickenpox,in childhood.In elderly/adolescents once the virus is activated either by immunity or any drug it appears clinically as rash,typically along the nerve path beneath the skin with rash.

Questions and answers on "Shingles"

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I am 46 yrs old and believe I have the shingles.. I have viewed pictures of the disease online and compared them and the pain to what I experienced a few months ago.. Can I get the vaccine for it or is it to late?? I do have healthcare coverage. My kids at home have not had the chicken pots so I am worried and want to protect them as we'll as heal myself.

doctor1 MD

Even if you have had shingles in the past you may still receive the vaccine for shingles from your doctor. The vaccine protects you but really does not have much bearing on protecting your kids since catching chickenpox from a person with shingles is pretty uncommon. You children should receive...

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i recently took my 18 month old daughter to the doctors because she had blisters on her tounge hands and knees they first said it could be hand, foot and mouth but then said chicken pox she was very poorly with it,after a day or two of her back to her normal self i woke with itchy spots over my body mainly one side they itched at first and crusted and now look like little burns i have no other symptoms feel absolutly well in my self fort maybe i had shingles as i had chicken pox wen i was younger but herd u get very poorly with shingles

doctor1 MD

Hi,
Welcome to HCM.
I am suspecting herpes zoster (shingles) in your case. You are right that shingles is a reactivation of chicken pox which usually occurs in childhood.
This is caused by a virus which remains latent or hidden in the body and gets reactivated when the persons immunity gets low...

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My husband who is 49 has been diagnosed with Shingles. We have been to the ER twice in the last two days. On an antviral and just put on antibiotic. They are in his ear, the side of his face has been very swollen and very painful. Now there is a bloody dishcharge and is having trouble hearing out of the ear. Should we go back and seek medical treatment?

doctor1 MD

Thanks for posting you query to health care magic.
shingels is an viral infection and recover in about two weeks of time .by that time you need to take antiviral medication orally and locally along with antibacterial medication to prevent secondary infection .As you are taking both medicine but...

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Hi< I am in extreme pain from a herpes/shingles outbreak. I am in between doctors as my insurance has changed and need a refill of my Vicodin 5/325 Can I get that online? I guess I will go to urgent care and see if they can help me.

doctor1 MD

Hi,

Welcome to HCM.

I understand your concern as shingles pain can be very distressing and can last for a few days to months.
Shingles is caused by a virus called varicella zoster which usually remains latent in the neurons and gets activated in persons with low immunity to form rashes on the...

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Hi my dad fell and theres a huge swelling in the middle of his back even covering the spine area - it is huge - bigger than my entire hand. I put ice on it but it seems to be getting bigger and bruising - theres no pain though. he has recently been quite ill with post shingles pain in right arm. he also had a catheter for over a month which caused infection and is also a dialysis patient - also has history of aneurism of the aorta. Hes quite a strong soldier. Very weak after the infection and post shingles. Always unsteady after dialysis. The huge lump on the spinal area after his fall is bothering me. The last time he fell I drove him to the ER coz he had trouble breathing and had a slight fit. Hes been in and out of high care and home for afew days but still weak and cant sleep. He forgets and tries to wake up out of the bed and falls......please tell me if I should worry about the lump on back or hang on till the morning for the doctor to see him. the lump is atleast 15cm long and 8cm wide.

doctor1 MD

Hi,dear thanks or the query.In my opinion this lump is definitely cause for worry and needs to be attended urgtly-STAT.It could be life endagering if you wait till moring.Shift him to nearby hospital.In my opinion could be post-traumatic hematoma.Still in view of the history of Cancer and...

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I have ms fibro.. spinal stenosis ,spurs,frequent shingles ,high blood preasure last yr when never b4.. always great bp ... my momther just died recently of cancer ... im scared to go to dr.. another system not sure if related.. My back always hurts after I eat sooo i try to only eat near bedtime so i can lay down... Im scared of cancer.. please help me

doctor1 MD

Hi there, I understand losing your mother has been very traumatic for you. Rather than giving in to the feeling of hopelessness, try to visit cancer support groups or survivor meetings and volunteer in hospitals and try to help the people who need help. Small things like even giving directions...

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My mom has shingles and was treated seven days ago. Last night she was running a fever that has gotten worse over the night. She s trembling and has double vision . She s also a diabetic, has RA, OA, COPD and polymalgia rheumatica. Her blood sugar was in the 190 s which is lower for her. Hypoglycemia would explain the shaking and double-vision but not the fever... so I m not sure what we should do.

doctor1 MD

Hi,

Thanks for consulting HealthcareMagic!

fever with double vision in an elderly patient with significant medical history of diabetes, COPD should be considered seriously. Blood sugar of 190 is never considered Hypoglycemia in any patient and we cannot attribute shaking and double-vision to it....

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Hi, I care for my 90 yr. old mother that has developed shingles. I took her to the dr. and she is on the meds to protect from nerv damage. However the Lyrica he prescribed for pain to be given only at night had a very strange reaction with her. She very soon displayed signs of extreme dementia. I had only given her one dose so stopped. Her regular regiment of hydro codon for her arthritis doesn't seem to be helping her with this additional pain. Is ther something topical I can apply to help? Thank you!

doctor1 MD

Hi there. My name is Vinay. I'm so sorry your having difficulty caring for your Mom. Let me see if I can help give you some options tword her pain relief.

From the sound of it.. you actually have 2 different pain issues that need dealing with..

1) is the "neuropathic" (nerve related) pain from the...

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I have severe post shingles without a rash nerve damage in legs, feet, arms. back. It is burning and shocking all the time I would cut my throat if gabbapentin didn't dull the pain. Is there anything I can do to try to heal the nerves. It has been hurting for almost one year. I do not need an oncologist. My leukemia cannot be treated. I am dying from fibrosis. I need a specialist to help me with my post shingles nerve pain, not an oncologist, there is no treatment for my leukemia. I am dying

doctor1 MD

hello .post shingle rash can be treated with amitryptline or gabapentin.As you have tried gabapentin already try to use ampitryptline 25 mg twice daily and application of capsidol cream

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I have had loose stools and a low grade fever 98.9 to 100 on and off since yesterday. I'm 61 HIV positive but I saw my ID specialist on Tuesday and my CD4s are 720 and my Viral load is undetectable. I did have the shingles vaccine on Tuesday but did not seem to have any symptoms. I did eat some catfish on Wednesday and I'm wondering if I could have gotten some kind of gastric infection.

doctor1 MD

Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Since you were seen by your doctor only a few days ago and assessed as well it is less likely to be related to HIV.
It is possible that you have gastroenteritis which is commonly caused by a viral infection though bacteria can sometimes cause these...

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