Hi everyone, im a part of the herpes group too because i thi

Hi everyone, im a part of the herpes group too because i think i have vaginal herpes type 2 but a part of me
Thinks i have shingles. I think my mono reactivated and gave me shingles. I dont think it was hsv2 i need to do blood work to tell. I have a lot of the symptoms people are describing in this support chat. And doctors dont want to test me. My face swelled last night im terrified

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What is shingles?

Shingles is a painful skin rash . It is caused by the varicella zoster virus. Shingles usually appears in a band, a strip, or a small area on one side of the face or body. It is also called herpes zoster.

Shingles is most common in older adults and people who have weak immune systems because of stress, injury, certain medicines, or other reasons. Most people who get shingles will get better and will not get it again. But it is possible to get shingles more than once.

What causes shingles?

Shingles occurs when the virus that causes chickenpox starts up again in your body. After you get better from chickenpox, the virus "sleeps" (is dormant) in your nerve roots. In some people, it stays dormant forever. In others, the virus "wakes up" when disease, stress, or aging weakens the immune system. Some medicines may trigger the virus to wake up and cause a shingles rash. It is not clear why this happens. But after the virus becomes active again, it can only cause shingles, not chickenpox.

You can't catch shingles from someone else who has shingles. But there is a small chance that a person with a shingles rash can spread the virus to another person who hasn't had chickenpox and who hasn't gotten the chickenpox vaccine.

What are the symptoms?

Shingles symptoms happen in stages. At first you may have a headache or be sensitive to light. You may also feel like you have the flu but not have a fever.

Later, you may feel itching, tingling, or pain in a certain area. That's where a band, strip, or small area of rash may occur a few days later. The rash turns into clusters of blisters. The blisters fill with fluid and then crust over. It takes 2 to 4 weeks for the blisters to heal, and they may leave scars. Some people only get a mild rash. And some do not get a rash at all.

It's possible that you could also feel dizzy or weak. Or you could have long-term pain or a rash on your face, changes in your vision, changes in how well you can think, or a rash that spreads. If you have any of these problems from shingles, call your doctor right away.

@Jennipain I am without insurance and thank God for ER, but now done with 5 meds including valtrex, gabapentin, & predisone…Going on +2months am Miserable, itching, can’t tolerate clothing, etc. It’s covered my upper back/shoulder from spine all over my underarm, my right breast (which I discovered a small lump bordering my nipple) to my sternum/chest. I am out of ideas, praying, and doing all the natural things I can. Plz advise. I’ve become a complainer, quieter, and not as vibrant, positive & spiritual. Definitely a test I do NOT want to give in. Going on for too long now. Thx for reading this.

Thanks so much for clarifying it i have similar symptoms

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@Sobegirl Well go to the Drs there is medication for it that will clear it up my son had it and got the meds and is find now.