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HERPES ZOSTER and ACYCLOVIR

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HERPES ZOSTER Symptoms and Causes

Shingles is a disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus - the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you have chickenpox, the virus stays in your body. It may not cause problems for many years. As you get older, the virus may reappear as shingles. Although it is most common in people over age 50, anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk.

You can't catch shingles from someone who has it. However, if you have a shingles rash, you can pass the virus to someone who has never had chickenpox. This would usually be a child, who could get chickenpox instead of shingles. The virus spreads through direct contact with the rash, and cannot spread through the air.

Early signs of shingles include burning or shooting pain and tingling or itching, usually on one side of the body or face. The pain can be mild to severe. Rashes or blisters appear anywhere from one to 14 days later. If shingles appears on your face, it may affect your vision or hearing. The pain of shingles may last for weeks, months, or even years after the blisters have healed.

There is no cure for shingles. Early treatment with medicines that fight the virus may help. These medicines may also help prevent lingering pain.

A vaccine may prevent shingles or lessen its effects. The vaccine is recommended for people 60 or over. In some cases doctors may give it to people ages 50 to 59.

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

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ACYCLOVIR Side Effects

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Recent Reviews

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Am on Dolcet, 3x a day for three weeks already due to herpes zoster pain. For fear of overdosage i stopped taking this, i shifted to Lyrica 75 mg. But the pain continues. Is it okay if I take Lyrica in the morning and dolcet in the afternoon?

Been on Orencia for 11 months, now have a skin infection on chest, herpes outbreak on ear taking antibiotics using steroid cream etc. Itchy skin most ofthetime and feeling tired, have noticed increase in fluid retention in lower l

Can Concerta cause shingles (herpes zoster)? I just started taking Concerta (36 mg) and I immediately developed shingles. My doctor swears it's a coincidence, but I can't help but wonder. I had chicken pox as a child, but I've never had shingles befo

Can the combanation of Lialda and Entocort cause herpes simplex

Four weeks after starting efudex to the scalp and left temple for early shin cancers developed left sided c3/c4 herpes Zoster

Herpes zoster eruption folllowed by prolonged pain while using rinderon ear drops.

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How long can one take zelitrex for as a prophlactic to prevent an outbreal of herpes 2? and at what dose?

I am on it for second day too. Only side effects I have had was diarrhea, slight headache, and for some reason I have a herpes blister on my hand, which is where the virus lies dormant (until now). I am hoping the blister will go away right after I g

HERPES ZOSTER Clinical Trials and Studies

Treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe. Clinical trials can also look at other aspects of care, such as improving the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses. People participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. Healthy volunteers say they participate to help others and to contribute to moving science forward. Participants with an illness or disease also participate to help others, but also to possibly receive the newest treatment and to have the additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff.
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