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Posted by: ME | 2010/10/11

shingles

Hi,what causes Shingles?is it true that only immune compromised people get it?what life style changes must I do not to get it again and can i get medication over the counter?

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Hallo ME
Shingles is caused by Herpes varicella Zoster virus. It is not only immune compromised people that get shingles but it is more common in older and immunocompromised patients. You need a prescription for antivirals from your doctor within 24 hours of blisters forming to prefent further outbreaks.
dr Bets

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Posted by: John | 2010/10/11

Shingles is caused by the herpes varicella-zoster (or simply zoster) virus. This virus also causes chickenpox. Most of us get chickenpox during childhood, but after we recover the virus remains inactive (dormant) in our nervous system. Our immune system stops the virus from becoming active. However, later in life it may become reactivated, causing shingles. Shingles is an infection of a nerve and the area of skin around it.

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Posted by: Cyberdoc | 2010/10/11

Hallo ME
Shingles is caused by Herpes varicella Zoster virus. It is not only immune compromised people that get shingles but it is more common in older and immunocompromised patients. You need a prescription for antivirals from your doctor within 24 hours of blisters forming to prefent further outbreaks.
dr Bets

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