Is there a test for shingles?

Answer If shingles is suspected, the easiest test to perform is typically a herpes virus antigen detection test. The medical staff will scrape cells off the blister area and send it to the lab. Other tes... Read More »

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Are there any negative effects from getting the shingles vaccination after having a bout of shingles?

Shingles, a painful rash caused by the same agent that causes chicken pox, varicella zoster virus (VZV), commonly occurs in people over 50 who have not previously had chicken pox.If you had a vacci... Read More »

Is there a pros and cons to installing new shingles over the old layer of shingles?

The biggest drawback to installing new shingles over old ones is that it will most likely void your warranty. That not withstanding, the old shingles will eventually show through the new ones (espe... Read More »

Can you get shingles again?

Yes. Ask your health care professional when the shingles are gone if you should have a vaccination against shingles. These are available, safe and effective. However, they can be costly and some in... Read More »

What actually is shingles?

"What actually is shingles?" -- "Shingles" has a medical name -- herpes zoster. "Shingles" is name that many laypeople use to refer to herpes zoster. It all starts with chicken pox. What cau... Read More »