Yes, people with shingles can work.
In fact, most people with shingles can work. The virus that causes shingles is very contagious and because it can be spread by insects, you are at risk of catching the virus from others.
There are only a few treatments available for people with shingles. Usually, shingles doesn’t cause any long-term health problems. If you do develop long-term health problems, shingles is a risk factor.
However, people with shingles can still develop post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), which is a painful, persistent rash of shingles.
Post-herpetic neuralgia is the most common complication of shingles and is caused by the reactivation of herpes zoster, the same virus that causes chickenpox.
People with post-herpetic neuralgia can feel aching, tingling, and often painful feelings in their legs and feet.
Although it’s possible to catch shingles from other people, the only way to become infected with the virus is through direct contact with the fluid that oozes from the rash.
Can I get shingles if I have a pacemaker?
You can’t get shingles if you have a pacemaker.
You may experience an abnormal sensation in your chest or a feeling that the pacemaker is not working properly. This feeling can be similar to heart palpitations.
Sometimes, the pacemaker will beep, but you may not hear it. You may also feel a pulse when you don’t really have one.
In rare cases, a pacemaker can cause seizures.
Can I get shingles if I’m allergic to chickenpox or shingles?
Yes. People with a history of shingles may be more likely to develop shingles.
Allergic reactions are also more likely if you already have shingles. You may be more likely to develop shingles if you:
- Frequently have a fever
- Have a rash
- Have a rash that lasts more than a week
- Have a rash that doesn’t go away
- Suffer from anxiety or depression
- Have an autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis
If you’ve had chickenpox, you’re at risk of shingles and other complications.
Can shingles be prevented?
The best way to prevent shingles is to prevent chickenpox.
If you do catch chickenpox, you’ll be able to take the antiviral medication acyclovir to prevent the virus from spreading. If you have an outbreak, you can take acyclovir for seven days.
If you’re not pregnant, you can also prevent shingles with the following:
- Keep your hands away from your face.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid sharing personal items.
- Keep your fingernails short.
- Avoid scratching the rash.
- Avoid touching the rash.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Get plenty of fluids.
What does a diagnosis of shingles mean?
A doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms, such as whether you’ve had chickenpox or shingles in the past, and whether you’ve had shingles in the past.
If your doctor suspects you have shingles, they may order a blood test to check for the antibodies that usually develop when you have chickenpox.
An antibody blood test can also help your doctor differentiate shingles from other conditions that can cause a rash.
How is sh?
Shingles is a painful rash.
The rash often appears in one spot, but it can spread to your limbs. It can also be in a band across your chest, but it’s less common than a rash that appears on one side of your body.
The rash is most commonly located on the shingles rash, which is a painful blister that is filled with fluid. It appears on one side of your body and can be itchy.
The rash is usually round and red, but it can be itchy or dry. It can appear on your face, back, or stomach.
Shingles usually develops on one side of your body, but it can appear on both sides. The rash can be itchy, but it doesn’t typically cause swelling.
It can take 1 to 2 weeks to develop after the chickenpox rash goes away.
How long can shingles last?
Most people with shingles can be cured with the antiviral medication acyclovir.
The virus that causes shingles usually goes away in 1 to 2 weeks.
Sometimes, the virus that causes shingles can be reactivated years later. This can happen if you’ve had chickenpox, so you’re at risk of developing shingles if you’ve had chickenpox in the past.
However, the virus can also be reactivated in people who’ve never had chickenpox.
What’s the treatment for shingles?
Over-the-counter (OTC) medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin) can help ease your pain and discomfort.
If your pain is severe, your doctor may prescribe stronger pain medication.
Keep in mind that it can take your body a few weeks to get used to the medication.
You can also try the following:
- Sit up and relax.
- Sit with your legs elevated.
- Drink water.
- Use a heating pad.
You may also want to try the following:
- Apply a cold compress to the area.
- Wear a supportive bra.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
- Use a humidifier.
- Take an antihistamine and an anti-itch cream.
If your pain is severe, you may be given a steroid cream. A steroid can reduce the inflammation in your skin and ease your pain.
In severe cases, you may need surgery.
What is shingles?
Shingles is a painful rash that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV).
VZV is a virus that’s usually spread by contact with an open sore.
It’s usually spread by direct skin-to-skin contact with someone who has the virus. It can also be spread by sharing razors, toothbrushes, or other personal items.
If you’ve had chickenpox, you’re at risk of developing shingles. If you have shingles, you’re at risk of developing shingles in the future.
Shingles is a painful rash that appears on one or both sides of your body. It’s usually round and pink, but it can also be itchy.
The rash can appear on your face, chest, or stomach. It generally goes away in a few weeks.
What is the difference between shingles and mononucleosis?
Shingles is the same thing as mononucleosis, which is a viral infection that results in swollen lymph nodes.
Mononucleosis is caused by a virus that’s spread through saliva. It usually produces a mono-like rash with red or purple spots.
Mononucleosis is usually milder than shingles.
If you have mononucleosis, you may have swollen glands and fatigue. You also may have sore throat, runny nose, and body aches.
Mononucleosis is often treated with antibiotics.
What are the symptoms of shingles?
The symptoms of shingles are different from those of mononucleosis.
The symptoms of shingles are:
- A painful rash that usually appears on one side of your body
- A rash that is itchy, red, or dry
- A rash that often appears 1 to 2 weeks after you’ve had chickenpox
- A rash that can spread to your limbs
Symptoms can be similar to those of mononucleosis.
What complications can shingles cause?
If you have shingles, you’re more at risk of developing shingles in the future. The virus that causes shingles usually goes away in 1 to 2 weeks.
If you have shingles, you may want to see your doctor immediately to avoid complications.
What’s the outlook?
Your outlook depends on the severity of your shingles.
The virus that causes shingles can be reactivated years later. If the rash recurs, you may need to take an antiviral medication.
The sooner you see a doctor, the better the chance you have of getting rid of the rash.
If the rash is mild, your doctor can prescribe medication to help relieve your symptoms.
If the rash is more severe, you may need to see a dermatologist. They’ll prescribe stronger pain medication and anti-itch medication.
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