But the fact that shingles is most common in the elderly and in those with compromised immune systems alarms me. I had shingles at 18 and it was brought on by stress – I had just finished my A’levels and not sure about which university to go to, with the pressure of family expecting me to make a decision about the rest of my life, well, it’s stressful! I’ve not had it since (I’m now 27) and I don’t have HIV. Often when the rash isn’t present, shingles can be mistaken for other conditions such as muscle strain or a kidney or lung infection. My 18 year old son may be currently breaking out with his second case of shingles. Nausea and blisters are other symptoms of shingles that you should pay attention to. Now fast-forward after 5 years living normally, again a stress-ful time in my life after my 2nd child was born — PHN is back and worse than ever!! I fear that I will have to live like this forever and be on Lyrica forever.
Children are thought to be at increased risk for developing shingles if they had chicken pox before they were 12 months old or if their mother had chicken pox in her third trimester of pregnancy. Kliegman: Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 18th ed. Here, the virus can hide from the immune system for years, often for a lifetime. I was going on the second week of a rare and unexpected diagnosis. I asked him why this had happened to me: a 25-year-old, who was in otherwise peak health. Pediatricians began to regularly administer the vaccine to any 1-year-old child born after 1995 or within the year. In the last 18 years, the annual rate of shingles has increased by 39 percent, while the rate of chickenpox has dropped by 90 percent, according to the CDC.
Although possible, it is rare for children to get shingles. Shingles is caused by the chickenpox virus reactivating. Do not give your child aspirin because it may cause a condition called Reye’s syndrome. I am 40 years old and just got shingles for the 2nd time in 7 months. Im 53 and on the average I have them 6 months of the year if not more. No idea if it’s a factor, but I did not get chicken pox until I was 18 and I was very, very ill from it. Only the one who had it as a child, and is now 67, never got it again. Other less frequent complications that the shingles infection may cause include:. The disease was found to have originated from a child who had been vaccinated, who had infected 50 percent of his classmates with no history of chickenpox. Gill2345 Joined On 6/19/2006 8:31:18 PM 06/19/2006.
If you or your child has been exposed to chickenpox, contact your health care provider. The varicella virus is most often spread through sneezing, coughing, and breathing. Children with no immune problems who had chickenpox before they were 1-year-old also have a higher risk for shingles. Acetaminophen (Tylenol, generic) is often given for fever or pain in children younger than age 18. When it is carried to the skin it produces the typical rash of chickenpox. Males (both boys and men) have a higher risk for a severe case of chickenpox than females. Acetaminophen (Tylenol, generic) is the preferred drug for fever or pain in patients younger than age 18 years. PHN affects about 25 of herpes zoster patients over 60 years old. A lot of the time parents don’t notice the chicken pox as the younger the child the less the spots are. Hi my 6 year old had shingles a couple of months ago and she still experiences general irritation and feels itchy at times. The typical one sided rash was easily covered as on her torso. The most common late complication of chickenpox is shingles (herpes zoster), caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus decades after the initial, often childhood, chickenpox infection. The back of a 30-year-old male after five days of the rash. Shingles, also known as zoster or herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash. About half of all cases occur in men and women who are 60 years old or older. Pain, itching, or tingling of the skin followed by a painful rash of blister-like sores, usually on one side of the body, often on the face or torso. Women’s health Shingles question and answers about My 10yr old daughter has shingles — how long will it last?. March 18, 2010 – 8:49am. Since your child has shingles, she has already has had chickenpox. From our Encyclopedia, your daughters symptoms of shingles include:. It refers to pain in the affected area for months, or even years afterward.
Can Children Get Shingles?
Serious complications are rare, but are more common in adults than in children. Most people have chickenpox as a child. Very young babies – especially those less than 1 month old (neonates). Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox and so is a delayed complication of chickenpox. This is often years later. These days, with the introduction of the vaccine, it’s less common and symptoms are generally milder. Your child’s GP may prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection. The virus can also remain dormant in your body, even after symptoms have cleared, and cause shingles later in life. 10 to 13 years old who haven’t yet been vaccinated and haven’t had chickenpox. 2005; 7(3): 17-18. Your child usually won’t need specific treatment for shingles. Varicella zoster virus at 18 months old (if your child hasn’t had a Varicella infection) or in year 7 of secondary school (if he hasn’t had a Varicella immunisation or infection). After a child has had varicella (chickenpox), the virus becomes dormant and can reactivate later in adulthood in a closely related disease called shingles–both caused by the same varicella-zoster virus (VZV). This intervention would substitute for the boosting adults previously received naturally, especially during seasonal outbreaks of the formerly common childhood disease. 3 year old now has shingles because of chicken pox vaccine.
Our doctor has diagnosed shingles in our five-year-old daughter and prescribed aciclovir. Whilst shingles is relatively common, it tends to be less common in children because their immune system has been stimulated more recently by the original chickenpox infection. Does my child have thrush? 18 February 2016 12:57 PM. Acyclovir is often used to accelerate the healing of shingles. I am 18 years old and had the chicken pox when i was 10(i think). I was diagnosed with chicken pox (Varicella Zoster)twice as a child; once at the age of 2yrs. Spotty logic: using children to prevent shingles is questionable. I am told it is no exaggeration that the pain of shingles can be agonising, like being attacked with a hot poker, and it can go on for weeks and in a subset of patients, for reasons that remain obscure to science, years. My son spent 3 weeks in ICU when he was 18 months old – chicken pox nearly killed him. Approximately 500,000 cases of shingles occur every year in the United States, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The most common areas to be affected are the face and trunk, which correspond to the areas where the chickenpox rash is most concentrated. The elderly or debilitated patient may have a prolonged and difficult course. In the male, vesicles are found principally on the glans penis, shaft of the penis, and prepuce, and may extend to the scrotum and inner thighs. Childhood herpes zoster is believed to be rare, though recent studies suggest increasing incidence in children. Case 9 was a 13-year-old boy with right sided thoracic zoster.