Who Gets Shingles
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The Robert James Frascino AIDS FoundationG'day Aussie Drew,Relax mate! Approximately 95% of healthy adults are seropositive for varicella zoster virus (VZV), the virus that causes shingles. Of this 95%, about 5% of healthy adults develop zoster (shingles). The risk for those of us... Read more »
North Shore University HospitalShingles lasting over one month would be very unusual. First thing would be to confirm that it is indeed shingles which can be done by obtaining a viral culture or (if not available) a scraping to look for the effect of the virus on the skin cells... Read more »
Harvard Medical SchoolShingles is caused by the same virus that causes Chicken Pox. Most likely your acquaintance HAD chicken pox in the past. After his initial bout of chicken pox, the virus laid dormant for years and finally erupted again as shingles (we call this... Read more »
University of Cincinnati, College of MedicineIt is unusual but not impossible. It may have come back because the first course of antiviral therapy was too short-- I use at least 10 days of treatment, not 7. Also, sometimes people are prescribed the Herpes dose of valaciclovir (Valtrex)--... Read more »
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Posted by LLsexyLL, 2 RepliesDoes 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 »
Posted by grcboy30, 5 RepliesHi there.
I had chicken pox at 5 years old so can develop shingles. I haven't been to the doctor yet but have what I am pretty sure is shingles on the side of my chest (a pink rash which is itchy with bumps). I am terrified of HIV. I am only 30... Read more »
Posted by tboy, 3 Replieslast 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 »
Posted by Anonymous, 1 ReplyCan I get shingles from another poz person even if I already had them myself in the past??? Read more »
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