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Underlying Conditions That Cause 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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Armpit conditions...

This website has been a wonderful resource of information as I have come here to educate myself many times. Now, I have a question that I haven't seen addressed. I am HIV+ about six years and I have a good doctor.A little background for you,...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
The condition you describe sounds like hidradenitis. It starts out as a simple infection in a hair follicle and perhaps involving the local lymph node. It is common in the groin, but also affects the axillae or armpits. It is caused by bacteria, and... Read more »

6th Shingles outbreak this year...

Could there be an underlying health reason why my shingles keep returning? ...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
First has the diagnosis been confirmed that each episode is actually caused by the shingles virus? If so, this would be unusual and indicates underlying immune system problems. You don't indicate you HIV status or whether other immune system... Read more »


What causes shingles to flare up? Is it contagious? What treatments are recommended? ...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Clearly, people with impaired immunity (from underlying disease or aging) are at greater risk, but shingles does happen to healthy young adults and it isn't clear why. It is nothing more than reactivated chicken pox, because that virus never... Read more »


When I was in the sixth grade I broke out with shingles in my right eye. I am 19 now, and recently had another brake out in early April of this year on my right jaw bone. Both brake outs were localized. Should I be worried about an underlined cause...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
People without cancer or HIV also get shingles. If you have no other problems, the likelihood that these 2 episodes mean that you have a serious underlying disease is pretty remote.... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
i had a sexual encounter yesterday with a guy who appeared to have shingles. when i asked him he said it was eczema, which i did not argue, but while changing him in sexual positions i did noticed that the shingles were in his ankles, and other body... Read more »


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 »

Can I get Shingles from another Poz guy if I had ?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Can I get shingles from another poz person even if I already had them myself in the past??? Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I had shingles about a month after a sexual experience. I also had other ars symptoms along with really dark urine. I have tested 3 times for Hep and Hiv- 1 month 6.5 weeks and 9 weeks- all negaitive. My Doc seems sure I have nothing to worry... Read more »