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Old 12-04-2010, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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I went to the Dr. because I thought I got bit by a spider on my eyelid, it was swelled up almost to the point of being closed. The Dr. gave me antibiotics, 1 of which an antiviril. which within a couple of days it gave me Thrush! I went for a check-up and then was told she thought it was Shingles and not a spider bite.
The Shingles has traveled from my left eyelid (leaving 3 scared looking circles) and now it is on my head, it hurts if I scratch or brush my hair. I think I am even loosing my hair, not sure that can happen!
I'm due to go back to the Dr. I hope there is something that can be done, if anyone can enlighten me on this please do so.
Denise ~

Sorry you are feeling so bad.

Shingles so close to the eye needs to be watched carefully, as it can cause damage to the eye and loss of vision. Do not stop taking the antiviral medication --- it has nothing to do with thrush (although the antibiotic might.) Taking the medication can help reduce the risk of persistent pain after the rash heals, a condition called post-herpetic neuralgia.

Do ask about something for the pain. My husband took Lyrica when he had shingles and it helped a lot.

Thrush is pretty uncommon in an adult unless something is suppressing your immune system. If you are not aware of anything going on that might do that, please discuss it with your doctor.

And by the way, this is a very old thread. Next time, just start a new one. And welcome to City-Data!
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Yes, that vaccine has been out only for two or three years now (I don't remember exactly). After hearing a friend describe his shingles, I went and got the shot.

To the OP: Like your husband, I tend to shy away from prescription meds too. But if I were even half as miserable as you describe him to be, I would jump on the Oxicodone in a heatbeat, even if only at night in an effort to get some sleep. What makes him so dead set against Oxicodone? (Which I think I am mis-spelling).
Old thread, Escort!

But anyone over the age of 60 should consider the vaccine, Zostavax.

You almost got it right: oxycodone.
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:56 AM
 
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Cool Shingles, can it get into your hair/head?

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Denise ~

Sorry you are feeling so bad.

Shingles so close to the eye needs to be watched carefully, as it can cause damage to the eye and loss of vision. Do not stop taking the antiviral medication --- it has nothing to do with thrush (although the antibiotic might.) Taking the medication can help reduce the risk of persistent pain after the rash heals, a condition called post-herpetic neuralgia.

Do ask about something for the pain. My husband took Lyrica when he had shingles and it helped a lot.

Thrush is pretty uncommon in an adult unless something is suppressing your immune system. If you are not aware of anything going on that might do that, please discuss it with your doctor.

And by the way, this is a very old thread. Next time, just start a new one. And welcome to City-Data!




Suzy,
Have you ever heard of it going into your hair/head, if so is it also possible it could cause hair loss?
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Suzy,
Have you ever heard of it going into your hair/head, if so is it also possible it could cause hair loss?
Denise~

Shingles, or herpes zoster, is caused by the chickenpox virus. When you have chickenpox, the virus goes into hiding in the roots of nerves. It can pop out later as shingles. The shingles rash then follows the distribution of the nerve from which it has reactivated. That is why in your case it is also on the scalp.

It is possible for there to be hair loss, which may be permanent if the rash causes scarring.

You do not say when the symptoms started. If it is fairly recent, you might want to ask your doctor about using a steroid like prednisone, which might help speed healing. Keep taking the antiviral med, though.

For now, do your best not to scratch the rash. Just realize that you are going to have a whole series of bad hair days until the rash clears. Leave your scalp alone as much as possible.
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:01 PM
 
Location: In The Outland
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Anyone who has a shingles outbreak should not be near folks who have not had this virus before. You can infect them with either a shingles outbreak or give chicken pox to a person.
Folks who have had chicken pox as a child can come down with shingles as a result of being under extreme stress.
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Anyone who has a shingles outbreak should not be near folks who have not had this virus before. You can infect them with either a shingles outbreak or give chicken pox to a person.
Folks who have had chicken pox as a child can come down with shingles as a result of being under extreme stress.
You cannot give shingles to someone who has never had chickenpox. You have to have chickenpox first in order to have shingles.

Someone who has never had chickenpox can catch chickenpox from someone who has shingles.

See here:

Shingles: Hope Through Research: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) (http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/shingles/detail_shingles.htm#124143223 - broken link) :

"A person with a shingles rash can pass the virus to someone, usually a child, who has never had chickenpox, but the child will develop chickenpox, not shingles. The child must come into direct contact with the open sores of the shingles rash. Merely being in the same room with a shingles patient will not cause the child to catch chickenpox because during a shingles infection the virus is not normally in the lungs and therefore can't be spread through the air."
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Old 04-10-2011, 05:35 AM
 
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Has anyone had weakness in the leg from shingles. My mother has no pain but has weakness in her leg. They did an mri and found inflamed nerve do to shingles they think.
Please let me know if anyone else had the same thanks
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Old 10-05-2011, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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My wife is currently in the hospital recovering from shingles. The past two days she found herself unable to flex her knee because it was swollen.
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Old 10-05-2011, 04:25 PM
 
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Had a fre3ind who had internal shingles( forget the anme) and they werereally bad. Shingles can vary alot from perosn to person in now bad the inflamation of the nerves is it seems.
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