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What Is The Time Duration Of 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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How long does shingles scars last?

I recently went through an outbreak of shingles... Its been 2.5 months and the scars are there as is the slight itchy sensation and burns from time to time... I am taking atripla as well... How long will this scar last? Well going to a tanning bed...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Shingles (herpes zoster) can cause both scarring and ongoing post-herpetic neuropathy. Duration of those symptoms is highly variable but in some cases can last a long time and be very symptomatic (fortunately more often the symptoms abate). Your... Read more »

How can you tell when Shingles are spreading to the internal organs?

I have numerous articles about herpes zoster which mention that in people whose immune systems are extremely weakened, the shingles virus can spread to the internal organs and affect the lungs, central nervous system and the brain, sometimes causing...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
Shingles is caused by varicella zoster virus, a virus in the herpes family. The initial exposure to the virus is usually as a result of cickenpox in childhood. The virus then survives in nerve cells for the rest of your life. At various times... Read more »

Shingles vaccine

Hi Dr. Would you recommend the shingles vaccine for an hiv+ male with a cd4 count around 750 and an undetectable VL (with meds)? I'm 55 and had a relatively mild bout with Shingles about 20 years ago. Thank you. ...
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
The approved zoster vaccine (Zostavax) is a a live, attenuated strain of VZV. In a large clinical trial, zoster vaccine was partially efficacious at preventing zoster. It also was partially efficacious at reducing the severity and duration of pain... Read more »

I had shingles once. Can I safely get a Shingles Vaccine?

You said it's ok to get a shingles vaccine.... but is it safe and effective if I've already had the shingles once? Can the vaccine give you shingles since it's a live virus? My stats: CDs: 500, undetectable. ...
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
Even if you have had shingles, you can still receive the shingles vaccine to help prevent future occurrences of shingles. There is no specific time that you must wait after having shingles before receiving the shingles vaccine. No, it will not give... Read more »
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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.
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Shingles

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I am currently suffering from shingles 2 weeks after unprotected vaginal sex (i am male) with someone whos hiv status i do not know. The symptoms begain 1 and a half weeks after the possible exposure. I am very concerned - how concerned should i be?

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Shingles

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Someone told me that shingles is one of the first indications of being HIV positive. I had shingles in 2002, and has felt fine since then. Although I do occassionally get dandruff. I had a dermatologist take a scalp sample and he said it was... Read more »

Shingles_ARS_HIV-

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 »