Ok. I need some information.
What can you tell me about shingles?
I know shingles is a form of the herpes zoster disease ( ie chicken pox). I know it causes painful rashes, I know the pain can last for a long time.
What I want to know is it a chronic disease or does it only occur once. I have gotten some conflicting information.
Jul 14, '03
You can transmit the varicella virus to an immunocompromised pt ONLY if they have not had prior exposure to the virus (which is a minority of the population in this country). They would then get chicken pox, not shingles. *AND* you would need an active outbreak to transmit the virus, meaning that you would need to demonstrate herpes zoster or chicken pox! If a patient is demonstrating herpes zoster, this means that it is a reactivation of their OWN virus.
It is called "herpes zoster" or "shingles" when it it the 2nd occurrance of varicella virus (the exact same virus).
It is a fairly common experience for the elderly or immunocompromised pt in the ICU to demonstrate "shingles".
Last edit by glow_worm on Jul 14, '03