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#311 kcole123

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Posted 02 April 2015 - 08:09 PM

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He said last time he had it for a month. He is off work now but he said he has to go back next week for three days and then that's it. But if it is the shingles, then he is best just staying home and not bothering with work.

I feel so sad for him. I want him to be able to enjoy this and not be in pain or feel miserable.

I will certainly keep you all posted when he goes back to the doctor on Monday.


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#312 Wafflesmom

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Posted 02 April 2015 - 08:41 PM

@kcole123 oh no, I'm so sorry to hear that Nathan may have shingles. My FI had that last year when he got really stressed out since I was sick with pneumonia for over a month. He was in awful pain and he had a ring of red bumps across his stomach. It lasted about two weeks with the first week being the worst of the two. Hopefully if it is shingles, it will heal quickly or the pain at least subsides by the time your wedding comes.
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#313 pddcmc

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Posted 03 April 2015 - 04:44 AM

So, just real quick before I head to work work.... did the dr start him on an antiviral, such as valaciclovir? - it helps slow the virus and is a 7 day course (caution - . as long as there aren't any contraindications, he should take an OTC med (ie tylenol or ibuprofen) to help with inflammatory pain. did the dr give him any topical creams for the blisters to prevent infection? hopefully it isn't bad enough that he needs steroids  :(

 

because he is younger and this is potentially his second attack, he should consider talking to his dr about the shingles vaccine... shingles can cause permanent nerve damage... which can lead to more problems later. 

 

also, @kcole123 have you had the chickenpox???


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#314 kcole123

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Posted 03 April 2015 - 05:36 AM

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I have never had the chicken pox. I read this last night. Eeeeeeek

The dictator have him some pills and cream.

The cream is called (well written on the tube anyway) Taro-Mupirocin and is medication is Novo-Lexin or Cephalexin not really sure. Just going by what's on the bottle and both are there.

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#315 Meandhim

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Posted 03 April 2015 - 05:47 AM

Omg! I hope he doesn't have shingles! Take care of yourselves!! I hope he is better soon!


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#316 IzzyDeee

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Posted 03 April 2015 - 05:53 AM

My grandma just got diagnosed with shingles not fun! (They had also thought she had a blood clot before that so had been giving her rat poison to thin her blood!! We are glad it's not that and only a cyst, because she wouldn't have been able to fly to Jamaica for our wedding!)
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#317 beckys98

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Posted 03 April 2015 - 06:28 AM

Oh no @kcole123! Poor guy! Definitely keeping my fingers crossed for you that it heals up soon! I've heard it is really painful :(



#318 calgarybride2015

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Posted 03 April 2015 - 06:51 AM

@pddcmc

I have never had the chicken pox. I read this last night. Eeeeeeek

The dictator have him some pills and cream.

The cream is called (well written on the tube anyway) Taro-Mupirocin and is medication is Novo-Lexin or Cephalexin not really sure. Just going by what's on the bottle and both are there.


The med is an antibiotic not an antiviral. Is she just hoping the med works or did she do any testing (swab or bloodwork etc) to diagnosis what it is quicker? If she thinks it's bacterial it can be tested. Viral can't.

Did you get a chickenpox vaccine at any time? Worth getting if you haven't had the pox or the vaccine.


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#319 kcole123

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Posted 03 April 2015 - 07:39 AM

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Well Nathan said that the doctor gave him the antibiotic first and will give him the a anti viral on Monday if it's the shingles. I don't know if she did tests or not.
I don't know why she just didn't give him the anti viral medication for precaution just in case it is the shingles. But I am no doctor and nor do I work in the health field. So I have no idea. I just hope it's not shingles from what I have been reading.
@calgarybride2015

Well Nathan said that the doctor gave him the antibiotic first and will give him the a anti viral on Monday if it's the shingles. I don't know if she did tests or not.
I don't know why she just didn't give him the anti viral medication for precaution just in case it is the shingles. But I am no doctor and nor do I work in the health field. So I have no idea. I just hope it's not shingles from what I have been reading.

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#320 pddcmc

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Posted 03 April 2015 - 02:41 PM

@pddcmc

I have never had the chicken pox. I read this last night. Eeeeeeek

The dictator have him some pills and cream.

The cream is called (well written on the tube anyway) Taro-Mupirocin and is medication is Novo-Lexin or Cephalexin not really sure. Just going by what's on the bottle and both are there.

I'm an adult critical care nurse (I hardly remember much about babies and birth control, thanks for the advice @calgarybride2015 :)).

 

Anyway, those meds are antibiotics (abx), which won't do much if it is in fact shingles, except prevent a potential infection. but that is itself is an issue because if it isn't a bacterial infection, then he is just on an abx... and the threshold lowers and abx become less effective for that person overt time (if used often). (but, again, that's a different issue). 

 

@kcole123 You should consider getting the chickenpox vaccine if you haven't had it yet...

 

*note: this is not intended to scare you, but just to inform/educate you (if needed)

 

for one, chickenpox is MUCH worse for adults - healing time, how the adult immune system reacts, etc

 

two, if your FI has shingles now (or even if it doesn't at this time, but has an outbreak later) the varicella zoster (chickenpox)

can be spread via the "fluid" from the open blisters to a person who doesn't have immunity. thus, the non-immune person will develop chickenpox (not shingles [aka herpes zoster - *different strand than genital herpes*] - shingles is the reactivation of the chickenpox virus)

 

and finally, if you plan on getting pregnant, you cannot be in contact with someone active with the virus (fluid-filled blisters) because of the risk of catching chickenpox (again, this is is you don't have some kind of immunity). chickenpox while pregnant can lead to infection or birth defects.

 

so, what can you do to protect yourself if you don't want the vaccine?

1. GOOD HAND HYGIENE

2. do not come in contact with the fluid from the blisters

3. get a titer drawn (blood test that checks antibodies) to see if you have any kind of immunity 

 

I think antivirals are a gift! let me explain -

although they do not "cure" the virus, the greatly alleviate symptoms and slow the virus down. in fact, my dr wrote me a script for one just in case because I am very prone to cold sores (fever blisters - whatever you want to call them) when I'm stressed (esp when I travel)... the last thing I want is a big, painful blister on my lip during my wedding!

 

let me know if you have any questions. i hope this helps!


Edited by pddcmc, 03 April 2015 - 02:48 PM.

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