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Topical Medications To Treat Shingles

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Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

What Is Shingles? Shingles is a very painful disease caused by the same herpes virus that causes chicken pox (varicella zoster virus). Like other herpes viruses, the varicella-zoster virus has an initial infectious stage, (chicken pox) followed by a dormant stage. Then, with no warning, the virus becomes active again. About 20% of people who have had chicken pox will eventually develop shingles. This reactivation of the virus is most likely to...
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What type of specialist treats shingles

About the middle of april 2011 i began itching under might right breast and pain. I thought i had cancer, went to a clinic and they had me get cat scan of my right side under breast spent about $300 in deductibles expenses for nothing. I went to a...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Shingles (herpes zoster)is often managed by primary care physicians. If there is severe post-herpetic pain (neuralgia) then often a neurologist (nerve specialist) or pain specialist might offer some assistance at achieveing pain relief. KH... Read more »

HIV with Shingles ..help me. doctor please

Hello Doctor,I was diagnosed with HIV two years back and under Antiviral medicine of " VIRADAY". My HIV status is undetectable, and less than 20ml in Nov 2013. I am taking my medicine every day one tablet of Viraday.Suddenly i got rashes...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
What you are describing is quite likely a condition that is called post-herpetic neuropathy that involves ongoing nerve irritation for the nerve coming out of the spinal cord that was involved with the rash you described. Even if the rash clears a... Read more »

SHINGLES AND CD4 COUNT.

Hello There, Doctor.I have developed a case of shingles since 7 days ago with the typical burning sensation, etc.. I got the skin lesions on my left arm and my Dr. prescribed 1 mg of acyclovir twice daily and cream on the lesions. My last labs...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hey Richard,Sorry to hear about your recent case of shingles. OUCHAMAGOUCHA! They can be damn annoying and uncomfortable. Responding to your specific questions:1. You want me to explain why your doctor seemed baffled? Hmm. That would be difficult,... Read more »

More shingles vaccine questions

I read your recent answer on this topic and have the following questions, first, if you were vaccinated against chickenpox (I was vaccinated in 1999) should you still get the shingles vaccine? Second, for how long should I stop using my Valtrex...
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
The shingle vaccine, Zostavax, is approved for use in people 60 years old and older to prevent shingles. This is a one-time vaccination. Zostavax does not treat shingles or post-herpetic neuralgia. It has not been fully studied in persons with HIV.... Read more »
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shingles

Posted by tboy, 3 Replies
last week I was diagnosed with shingles. I didn't get nearly the attention of the doctors or information I needed. Oh sure I recieved a prescription but not much information. I'm taking acyclovir (sp?) It is painful to sleep and my leg looks... Read more »

shingles

Posted by LLsexyLL, 2 Replies
Does anyone know how to prevent getting shingles the second time. I had them Dec 2010 . Now my face has healed but I was told I can get them again.
Is there anyway of preventing getting shingles again? Read more »

Conversation Topics Needed......

Posted by daisy07, 1 Reply
Just wondering what are some of the issues that people in our condition are deeling with? Is is dating with dual diagnosis...or rasing children....having sex with out disclosing status....? What are some things that we could talk about in this... Read more »

Treated as worthless

Posted by Lomitadaren
This is a prime example of how vulnerable we (PWA) People living with Aids are, and how even when there is Gross Medical Malpractice by a supporting medical provider, we are treated as unimportant, irrelevant, and bothersome.
Millions of dollars a... Read more »