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Warning Signs Of Herpes Zoster

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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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Herpes zoster virus

My daughter was exposed to the chicken pox virus and had a low immune system due to allergies and she did have a very light case of the chicken pox. The virus did stay in her body, we did see outbreaks on her elbow and knee which looks like the...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
Chicken pox is the clinical manifestation of primary (first-time) infection with herpes varicella zoster virus. While the symptoms and signs of chicken pox clear with time, the virus remains with the host for life. The virus takes up residence in... Read more »

Herpes Zoster

Hello Dr. Joseph, I have three questions :1-Is Herpes Zoster considered as an HIV-related opportunistic infection?2- Does having frequent recurrence of Herpes Zoster means for sure HIV infection? ( I do have Zoster for 1 year now I am 29 years old...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Sorry to hear that you have suffered from herpes zoster (also known as shingles).Although zoster is more likely to occur in people with HIV it is not a condition that indicates AIDS. People without HIV infection also get zoster, and having zoster... Read more »

herpes zoster

hola doctor tengo 26 aos y me diagnosticaron herpes zoster... lo que queria preguntarle es si tiene algo que ver con los primeros sintomas del hiv. quiero decir si por que me salio este herpes podria sealar que me contagie de hiv por favor necesito...
Steven M. Natterstad, M.D.

Response from Steven M. Natterstad, M.D.

Frascino Medical Group
Hola,Es verdad que el riesgo de desarrollar herpes zoster en las personas viviendo con VIH es entre 15 y 25 veces ms alto que el de las personas seronegativas. Sin embargo, claro que esto no quiere decir que cada caso de herpes zoster ocurre en una... Read more »

Herpes Zoster

Doc. My doctors have told me that I have Herpes Zoster,and suggested me to no to go to the office for 7 days at least. Can u please tell what other precautions that I should keep in my mind along with having famtrex 250?...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello,Assuming that your only symptom are the skin lesions, you are contagious until the vesicles (blisters) are crusted over. With the VZV medication (Famvir/Famtrex), I'd expect you to be well on your way to healing within the 7 days.Hope... Read more »
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swollen lip nd Herpes Zoster

Posted by LLsexyLL, 1 Reply
On Wednesday I was just sitting and chatting with my colleague at work when I felt a funny sensation on the left part of my bottom lip, and then my lip just started swelling . I looked ridiculous like half my lip had been stung by bees. Three hours... Read more »

Herpez Zoster

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Dr. Urkie, o los que sepan, hace unos 4 dias me ha salido en la espalda un herpes zoster recien diagnosticado hoy, estoy con tratamiento de Aciclovir y Ketorolaco; pero lo que me preocupa es que he leido que ese tipo de herpes les dan a los... Read more »

The reason not to use a PCR (WARNING)

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
There is a reason not to use a pcr rna for testing.
I had an oral exposure insertive and receptive with very little cum and caugt an std. I had almost none of the classic symptoms except thrush and swollen lymph nodes and within the first 2 weeks by... Read more »

Afraid. Are they signs? How risky?

Posted by Onsen3, 2 Replies
I am in a relationship of 3 years right now with a man (a gay relationship) we have been monogamous up until I found out he cheated on me in May. He met up with someone on craigslist and masturbated with him. I got tested and I was negative.... Read more »