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Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:35 am

Yip Gary, my dad suffered and survived an attack 8 years ago where it attacked his right side of his face. Not nice at all, thankfully he recovered :thumbup:

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Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:01 am

I got it about 10 yrs ago.
I thought u only get it once and that it... :?:

remnant of the chicken pox apparently
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Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:57 pm

Shaakir, it is infact HERPIS, related to fever blisters. so it is recurrent. same as fever blisters, when the immune system is run down a bit it surface. or at least that how my feverblisters work.

Also just my knowledge, hope it is correct? Where is the DOCTORS?

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Fri Sep 16, 2011 1:23 pm

Shingles = Gordelroos (Afr). Related to herpes but not the same. Remnant of chickenpox. I've heard it's like being burnt. I'm not a dr, but wiki says:

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Herpes zoster
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Herpes zoster blisters on the neck and shoulder

Herpes zoster (or simply zoster), commonly known as shingles and also known as zona, is a viral disease characterized by a painful skin rash with blisters in a limited area on one side of the body, often in a stripe. The initial infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV) causes the acute (short-lived) illness chickenpox which generally occurs in children and young people. Once an episode of chickenpox has resolved, the virus is not eliminated from the body but can go on to cause shingles—an illness with very different symptoms—often many years after the initial infection. Despite the similarity of name, herpes zoster is not the same disease as herpes simplex, although both the varicella zoster virus and herpes simplex virus belong to the same viral subfamily (Alphaherpesvirinae).

Varicella zoster virus can become latent in the nerve cell bodies and less frequently in non-neuronal satellite cells of dorsal root, cranial nerve or autonomic ganglion,[1] without causing any symptoms.[2] Years or decades after a chickenpox infection, the virus may break out of nerve cell bodies and travel down nerve axons to cause viral infection of the skin in the region of the nerve. The virus may spread from one or more ganglia along nerves of an affected segment and infect the corresponding dermatome (an area of skin supplied by one spinal nerve) causing a painful rash.[3][4] Although the rash usually heals within two to four weeks, some sufferers experience residual nerve pain for months or years, a condition called postherpetic neuralgia. Exactly how the virus remains latent in the body, and subsequently re-activates is not understood.[1]
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