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The Chickenpox & Shingles Poll

Discussion in 'General Symptoms' started by BadBadBear, Aug 22, 2014.


Have you had Chickenpox/Shingles?

  1. No, I've never had Chickenpox or Shingles.

    9 vote(s)
  2. I have had Chickenpox but not Shingles.

    67 vote(s)
  3. I have had Chickenpox and had Shingles once.

    17 vote(s)
  4. I have had Chickenpox and had Shingles more than once.

    9 vote(s)
  1. Sushi

    Sushi Moderation Resource Albuquerque

    If you catch it fast it can be really mild. Good idea to look up pictures of early stage shingles on the internet so that if you notice anything like that you can hightail it to the doctor.
    The whole thing was over in less than a week and I only had a bit of pain on day one. So if treated immediately, I don't think it is anything to really worry about. I had been dreading the possibility knowing how common it is, and maybe I was lucky too, but it was a very mild experience.
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  2. Mij

    Mij Senior Member

    @Sushi . . . I am aware of keeping a 'look out', my mother had it for about one month but I am afraid it breaks out in my eyes.

    You were fortunate it lasted less than a week. Are you saying that your only treatment was Lysine and oregano oil? I took tons of Lysine years ago and still broke out in Herpes simplex virus in my mouth- it was extremely painful.
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  3. Sushi

    Sushi Moderation Resource Albuquerque

    Mine was a big patch over my eyebrow so I was also concerned about the eyes. It broke out in the evening so I took Lysine & oregano oil till the next day--then I went to Urgent Care where they gave me valtrex. So I got on an antiviral within the first 24 hours.
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  4. TiredBill

    TiredBill Senior Member

    Los Angeles
    I had chickenpox as a kid and was intentionally exposed at a "chickenpox party."

    Yes, that was a thing in the 1960's.

    I had shingles when I was 50. The pain was excruciating and I'm a stoic tough-guy.

  5. zenzen


    Moorpark, California
    My grandmother suffered terribly with shingles so as soon as I was old enough for my insurance to cover the shingles vaccine, I got it. I couldn't imagine adding an illness like that on top of what I was already trying to struggle through and keep my job. I didn't realize it until recently, but the vaccine for shingles is supposed to be repeated every 5 years. No one bothered to tell me that at the time. I saw it on a commercial.
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  6. Mary Poppins

    Mary Poppins 75% Smurf

    That is a really interesting article. Makes me wonder about a few things, actually.
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  7. NelliePledge

    NelliePledge plodder

    I’ve decided that I’m going to try to see a private Dr as I think it’s the only way I’m going to get any chance of accessing testing and anti virals. I’m also considering shingles vaccine.
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  8. heapsreal

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    australia (brisbane)
    Update my pcr vzv viral testing. Pathology guy i went through understood i wanted a number to quantify the viral load. This blood went off to a hospital in sydney, they were confused about it and saidthat they only do this on swabs and its either positive or negative but they tested the blood and said its negative but said they were unsure if its even the right test as they dont normally do that.

    So really the testing isnt standardised for blood. Ive had swabs done but by the time i get it done the rash has startedto dry up. I think being in my hair pops the blisters almost straight away and they dry up.

    This is what reoccurs every 6 weeks. The rash itself doesnt seem a problem but the general viral and headache symptoms that go along with it are. That pic was on antivirals. Off antivirals its much worse looking. Also possible being on famvir effects the testing but twice i have stopped famvir and tge shingles off them laid me up for 3 months. I dont want to do that.

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  9. Lucy1996


    I had chicken pox as a baby and then shingles in three places on my body about two months prior to falling ill aged 19 with PVFS/CFS/ME.
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  10. Jennifer J

    Jennifer J Senior Member

    Southern California
    Did everyone take antivirals for their shingles?

    Curious people wrote they just had it once or a couple of times. I'm crashed and need to research all this. If so i have it I'm past the 48 hour window yet within the 72 hour window to have best results with antivirals.

    Just diagnosed with it, yet not sure if urgent care doctor has it right, it looks a lot like my cases of cellulitis I've had. Only one mark on my chest. I've had my cellulitis near here too and have had impetigo near where it is.

    Concerned cause I'm not well at all these days (my ME/CFS and more) and don't tolerate things (angioedema). Don't want to take an antiviral if not needed.

    Interesting, I cut back first time in 16 years on my Allegra, 2 days ago and this happened that day. Not sure if correlation (mention cause I take Allegra and Zantac all year 24/7 for my angioedema).

    And yes, had chicken pox as a kid.
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