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herpes zoster?

i am 18 y.o.....i have got a red rash on my skin, d doc said it is herpes zoster.............he told me thrz nothn 2 worry about. but i still want 2 knw wat exactly is it? is it fatal? can it be 100% cured.....and how did i get it??? its not a STD rite?? i have never had any sexual contact wid ne1..........
..............please tell me...........all d help is turely appreciated........im really worried............thanx

Herpes Zoster is more commonly called Shingles. Shingles are small blisters on a red base and follow along a nerve which means that they can only be on one side of your body. They can follow any nerve but a common site is the nerve along your abdomen. It is not anything to be worried about although you should be treated for the condition with a pill called Valtrex or Zovirax. A person normally will get shingles only once in a lifetime but it is not uncommon for a person to get it more often if they have immune problems, It is NOT an std and you shouldn't be worried about it, nobody knows the reason why this virus starts up in any individual but some people say that a heavy stress load brings it out.  (+ info)

Does Shingles have anything to do with herpes since its also called herpes zoster virus?

i saw online that shingles is also called herpes zoster virus. Does that mean it has something to do with herpes?

All these are in the herpes virus family. Oral and genital herpes are Herpes simplex type 1 and 2; chicken pox is Herpes zoster. Shingles is a reactivation of the zoster virus many years later. The herpetic viruses are characterized by the affinity (living) in nerve tissue & roots.  (+ info)

Any advice on pain relief for shingles/herpes zoster?

I have had herpes zoster on the same spot and have been prescibed very strong pain meds which I don't like to take. Does anyone have any natural remedies?

There really is not too much that you can do for shingles honestly? Because its an inflammation/infection in the areas around your nerves it is just painful by nature- home remedies won't really stop the pain signals from going to your brain.

You can try ibuprofen or aspirin, they may help with both the pain and the inflammation. Ice or cold packs helps for some people, also my sister had shingles a number of times as a kid and I think I remember her being prescribed some sort of cream that contained pain relievers in addition to the pain pills?
You could also go back to the doctor and see if they have any other ideas. You may feel better with a different prescription, or they might know of some alternative treatment type thing that could help?  (+ info)

What is risk of chicken pox to my 6 year old granddaughter if exposed to herpes zoster?

I was diagnosed with shingles (herpes zoster) after spending weekend with my 6 year old granddaughter. What are her chances of contracting chicken pox (same virus)?

well if your granddaughter got all her immunizations, there isn't any risk.... the varicella virus is now vaccinated against in the routine list of vaccines children recieve.  (+ info)

what would be drug of choice in a pregnant woman with herpes zoster infection?

can acyclovir be given to a pregnant lady if she is suffering from herpes zoster if not then which other alternative drug be given to her? if possible tell the dose too.

I am sure valtrex is safe, because I know that it is given to women in the later stages of pregnancy to prevent them transmitting their genital herpes infection to the baby during the birth. Valtrex is used to treat both shingles and genital/oral herpes, all of which are herpes viruses. I don't know the dose though.  (+ info)

what best medicine for herpes zoster? After that my eyes are red. What is best drops? Lastly any scar remover?

can u recommend ointment or medicine for scar? I got herpes zoster before, what best medicine for it? Since then my eyes are still red. Please give me medicine for it.

I can tell you that topical L-Lysine, Lemon Balm Extract, and good ol' peroxide are best for herpes zoster. Assuming the outbreak is oral, I'd recommend staying away from Abreva, which can worsen the outbreak. Also, keeping you immune system in check will lessen the chances of an outbreak.  (+ info)

What are the consequences of not taking an anti-inflammatory drug for herpes oticus?

you better take your medicine to contain your outbreaks. and also tell any sexual partners that you have it, have protected safe sex.

probably if you wouldn't have had so many or unprotected sexual partners you wouldn't be in this mess in the first place.  (+ info)

How do I keep Herpes Zoster in my eyes from spreading?

This is the second time I've had this, extremely painful, itchy, and annoying. I feel like a cyclops.

don't rub it and don't touch.  (+ info)

How 2 reduce pain after a attack of Herpes Zoster on rt forehead which damaged my right eye also?

My wife suffered withHZO on rt forehead affecting her eyes also. Herpes is over and eye is improving. She can not tolerate normal light in her rt eye.Pain on her rt forehead is stabbing/shooting and she feels as if there is a stone in her head, above the eyebrow. Is there any remeady? How much time it takes to recover?

Is she on anti-viral medication?  (+ info)

How do I wash my hair if I have shingles (herpes zoster) extending deep into my hairline?

I've just been diagnosed with shingles on my face, at the hairline and up onto my scalp. The pain is moderate right now, but I know it will worsen soon. Can I wash my hair? How and with what? What about after the vesicles start to break? I've searched on-line and can't find anything about this, oddly enough.

As far as I know, you can shampoo with a gentle cleanser, such as baby shampoo, during the entire outbreak. Make sure the lather doesn't get into your eyes as it may carry the virus. The affected areas of skin should be kept clean.

You can always contact the provider who diagnosed you for more information. Oddly enough, many people don't do that.  (+ info)

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