My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Shingles

Also called: Herpes Zoster

Following Topic Unfollow Topic | 199 Following

 

Below is a list of questions with answers, relevant to the Topic you are interested in.

Q.
A.
This is an excellent question, and I'm glad you asked.According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) shingles...
Posted:
525 of 561 found this helpful
Q.
A.
Two things....Once you have Shingles (herpes zoster), you will always have it. The body's immune system will usually suppress it and keep in from...
Posted:
150 of 161 found this helpful
Q.
A.
In a healthy adult, the shingles shot has not been shown to increase the risk of a shingles outbreak.  In fact, it lowers your risk of getting...
Posted:
95 of 119 found this helpful
Q.
A.
I am not sure why you had the chicken pox (varicella vaccine). Is it possible that you had a shingle vaccine that was called a "chicken...
Posted:
7 of 10 found this helpful
Q.
A.
Since I don't know the location or details of your shingles, or your immune state, I can only offer some general suggestions if you are treating...
Posted:
122 of 136 found this helpful
Q.
A.
Sorry you're going through this misery!First, let's not jump to the conclusion this is shingles, though it certainly sounds like it could be...
Posted:
27 of 40 found this helpful
Q.
A.
Yes, it certainly might.Shingles can afflict anyone, but it's most common in people over the age of 50. The shingles vaccine is approved for...
Posted:
105 of 125 found this helpful
Q.
A.
Shingles, or herpes zoster, is caused by the chicken pox virus. Once you have had chicken pox, the virus remains dormant in your body. When this...
Posted:
241 of 336 found this helpful
Q.
A.
Maybe. It would be a good idea for you to have your doctor order a varicella titer -- a test to determine if you have immunity to chicken pox. If...
Posted:
7 of 8 found this helpful
Q.
A.
Yes, active shingles (herpes zoster) is contagious by direct contact, and sometimes, even by indirect contact (hands, objects, clothing, etc.) if the...
Posted:
210 of 222 found this helpful
Q.
A.
This is a weakened, LIVE vaccine, so their is a small possibility that this virus can be transmitted to your husband. Talk to your doctor (and your...
Posted:
13 of 16 found this helpful
Q.
A.
Although advice may vary, generally cold water or cold compresses are best for shingles. Hot water may make shingle blisters worse. Heat increases...
Posted:
196 of 214 found this helpful
Q.
A.
Gabapentin works to relieve pain by altering the way your body senses pain. You should notice that your pain from shingles starts to improve over one...
Posted:
460 of 491 found this helpful
Q.
A.
The shingles vaccine is routinely recommended for adults older than 60 years of age. The vaccine is given as a single dose and is only given once...
Posted:
3321 of 3933 found this helpful
Q.
A.
Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles itself is not contagious. What I mean is you cannot get shingles from someone...
Posted:
300 of 328 found this helpful