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Shingles (the body kind)
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Marianne    Posted 08-09-2003 at 15:54:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi my husband has shingles he is on meds and it is still spreading.Started out on his chest,then around his back ,and now down his arm..Is this norma?He is 86.thanks I will be waiting to hear from anyone..We were at the dr.yesterday..He gave him medicin,and a scrip.Thanks Maariannee

Linda    Posted 08-09-2003 at 23:25:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
OK, shingles only show up on one side of the body and they do spread down one side of the body only. The amount of spread and the extent of the pain and symptoms varies from person to person.

Shingles are a form of herpesvirus. When a person has Chicken Pox, usually early in life, the herpesvirus that caused the Chicken Pox never really goes away. It crawls up the nerve endings to the root & hides there, only to reappear in some folks later in life as Shingles. Same virus, different presentation. Usually Shingles appear after the age of 50, but some folks get them at a younger age.

The part that frustrated me so very much was when I had an outbreak, and then discovered I could get them all over again. And, unfortunately that has happened more than once over the past two years.

If caught very early, a prescription anti-viral med such as Zovirax can help to minimize the outbreak and to prevent further outbreaks if your doctor decides to keep you on the medication. This is something to discuss with your doctor.

The over the counter anti-inflammatories can help to lessen pain. Since this is a virus, it's going to have to run its course, and that can take about 6 weeks. Don't be afraid to ask for stronger pain meds if needed. The pain comes from the nerves, and can be severe.

Please make sure your husband knows not to touch the lesions and then rub his eye. I've seen a couple of cases in elderly patients of Shingles that had spread to the eye and that's extremely painful. The same goes for cold sore blisters. They can be spread to the eye. And, honestly, I'm not sure if the Shingles would have appeared in the patients' eyes or if they were spread by touch. I do know for sure the herpesvirus that causes cold sores can be spread to the eye by touch.

One more caution. A person with an active outbreak of Shingles can actually give Chicken Pox to a person who has never had Chicken Pox before. So, keep that in mind before holding that new little grandchild or great-grandchild, or having contact with any child who might be susceptible.

I hope your husband gets through this with a minimum of discomfort. IF he's in misery, don't let your doctor brush it off. There are some meds that can help, although never as much as we would wish.

Les    Posted 08-09-2003 at 22:13:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Only cure I know of is time. My father had 'em about 15 years ago.
Be thankful it's only on one side of his body.

wh    Posted 08-09-2003 at 18:18:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
have had them and they ain't fun. the best thing he can do is - GO TO A CHIROPRACTOR!!! they can cure them. i know from first hand experience, chiro can cure the shingles. i feld 100% better after first trip. took about 6 trips to finish them. wade, cullman AL

ret    Posted 08-09-2003 at 20:41:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sure don't believe that, never heard of it until now either. If it works for you fine,but I wouldn't be telling people that it is a cure. shingles ,as you know, are really painful.I hope this man does find something to help him

~Lenore    Posted 08-09-2003 at 21:41:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
The very thought of a chiropractor just gives me pain.
I dont know how manipulating your body can eliminate a virus.
Shingles do go away after a period of time;
it may have just been coincidental.
Not argueing, just stating my opinion.

~Lenore    Posted 08-09-2003 at 16:40:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
I found this on my favorite online medical site. You should find more help and information on the link below.


Article sections:
Signs and Symptoms
Risk Factors
When To Seek Medical Advice

If you develop shingles, wash the blisters twice a day with regular soap and water but donít bandage them. To relieve the pain that may accompany blisters, try these steps:

Apply cool, wet compresses of water or water mixed with vinegar (1 ounce of vinegar to 1 quart of water).
Soak in a tub of lukewarm water.
Apply a soothing lotion, such as calamine lotion.
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever or anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others).

Ron/PA    Posted 08-09-2003 at 16:04:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Marianne, I've never had them but everyone I know that had them said that they take a long time to slow down and stop. While the meds start working, the shingles keep spreading.
Hope he's not in too much pain, I hear they hurt.
Best to both of you

AL    Posted 08-10-2003 at 19:42:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I know this may sound really strange but it does help, don't ask me how or why but a liquid antacid rubbed on the blisters will dry them up quick. My son developed them after a bout with chicken pox. An older lady of our church told me of this home remedy and it worked. Hope it helps.

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