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What Antibiotics Can Cure 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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Very bad dreams and antibiotics as a cure

I am a long term servivor. 23 years. I have been on most antiretrovitals and have had extended breaks, so I rule out the antiretrovirals. I have had for years very disturbing dreams bording on nightmares and often absolute nightmares. I have them...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
In my experience, the most common cause of bad dreams in persons with HIV infection is Sustiva. In the early clinical trials of Sustiva, approximately 50% of the patients experienced some form of psychiatric side effects. Vivid, disturbing dreams... Read more »

shingles

Exactly what is it. How is it cured? How does one catch it? Is it contageious?...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Shingles results from reactivation of the chicken pox virus in your body. So to get shingles, you have to have had chicken pox in the past. Chicken pox is highly contagious, and if you have shingles and come into contact with people who have never... Read more »

itching from shingles

What meds can I apply to stop the itch of shingles. I've already taken my 5 day antibiotic treatment and am still applying the zovirax on my back, but the itch is intense. What can I do? ...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
One issue about your situation is whether you simply have itching from where the rash was versus post-herpetic nerve irritation (that can occur after shingles). Itching can often be relieved by topical steriods (ie cortisone), antihistamines, or... Read more »

Do I have Staph, Shingles, Zoster?

I have a large, boil-like growth on my inner butt-cheek. It's very red & hard (to touch) but has no head for drainage. My Dr. says it's unusual - that it could be staph, shingles or zoster?My Dr. prescribed Bactrim & Rifampin....
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
A picture is worth a thousand words and actually seeing this lesion worth even more. Without the benefit of a look, I can only say that a single spot does not shingles make. Shingles comes out in crops of small fluid filled bubbles that burn and... Read more »
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Preventive Antibiotics

Posted by picaropsv, 4 Replies
Hey all!

Looking for information and some of your kind words.
As I have mentioned in the past, last year, more or less around this time of year, I became quite ill with a strange kind of double pneumonia, one of the bugs was normal, but the other was... Read more »

new cure or not

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Has BYU prof found AIDS cure?
Compound could be long-sought breakthrough
By Bob Mims
The Salt Lake Tribune



Researchers, including a BYU scientist, believe they have found a new compound that could finally kill the HIV/AIDS virus, not just slow it down... Read more »

a cure in the works?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
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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 »