What Causes Recurrent Shingles?

What can be mistaken for shingles?

Shingles can sometimes be mistaken for another skin conditions, such as hives, psoriasis, or eczema.

Share on Pinterest A doctor should always be consulted if shingles is suspected.

The characteristics of a rash may help doctors identify the cause.

For example, hives are often raised and look like welts..

Is shingles a sign of weak immune system?

Caused by the chickenpox virus, “shingles represents a reactivation of the virus, typically affecting patients who have a compromised immune system because of age, disease or other factors,” said Alex Akhondi, MD, FACP, associate program director of internal medicine residency at MountainView Hospital.

How can I protect myself from shingles naturally?

While you can’t avoid catching the virus that causes shingles—unless you’ve not had the chickenpox—taking steps to stay healthy like getting enough rest, managing stress, eating a healthy diet and getting the shingles vaccine can lessen the chances of experiencing a severe shingles flair.

What are the stages of shingles?

The stages of shingles are tingling pain, followed by a burning feeling and a red rash, then blistering, and finally the blisters will crust over. You will typically develop a rash about 1-5 days after you feel numbness or tingling pain.

What happens if you don’t treat shingles?

If left untreated, some complications of shingles can be fatal. Pneumonia, encephalitis, stroke, and bacterial infections can cause your body to go into shock or sepsis.

Can you spread shingles on your own body?

Blisters appear over a localized area and do not spread over your whole body. Blisters are most common on the torso and face, but they can occur elsewhere. In rare cases, the rash appears on the lower body. It’s not possible to transmit shingles to someone.

What causes shingles to flare up again?

Shingles virus can sleep, reactivate Shingles is caused by the same virus — the varicella zoster virus — that causes chickenpox. Once you have had chickenpox, the virus that caused it remains inside your nerves. It is inactive, but it can be reactivated later in life. This causes shingles.

Is shingles caused by stress?

Since stress affects the immune system, many researchers believe that stress could be a trigger for shingles. Researchers in multiple studies have linked chronic, daily stress, and highly stressful life events as risk factors for shingles.

Can shingles pain come back years later?

In very rare cases pain can come back after a shingles infection, even if it had already gone away and the rash has disappeared. The main symptom of post-herpetic neuralgia is pain in the nerves (neuralgia). The skin is often overly sensitive and itchy as well.

Do I need a shingles vaccine if I have already had shingles?

Yes. It may help prevent you having another bout of shingles later on. If you have shingles right now, you should wait until the rash is gone before you get vaccinated.

How many times can a person get shingles?

If you’ve had shingles once, you probably won’t get it again. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen; it’s just unlikely. Also called herpes zoster, shingles can come back a second or, rarely, a third time. However, you can take steps to help prevent it, or ease it the next time around.

Can you get shingles in the same place twice?

Shingles is likely to return in a different part of your body. In general, the rash is most common on the torso or face, so if you’ve had it on the right side of your stomach, it might come back on the left side – or on your face, chest, neck, or back.

How do you prevent shingles from coming back?

Can you prevent recurring shingles? Recurring shingles isn’t preventable. You can reduce your risk by getting the shingles vaccine, even after you’ve had shingles. A large-scale study showed that people who had the shingles vaccine had 51 percent fewer cases of shingles.

Can shingles be a sign of something more serious?

While shingles itself is almost never life threatening, it can lead to serious problems, such as the loss of eyesight. If you think you have shingles, check with your doctor.

How long does the shingles virus last?

Most cases of shingles last 3 to 5 weeks. Shingles follows a pattern: The first sign is often burning or tingling pain; sometimes, it includes numbness or itching on one side of the body. Somewhere between 1 and 5 days after the tingling or burning feeling on the skin, a red rash will appear.