Shingles! Omg! My mom just called me from the dr's office! She is 10 with shingles. Oh lordy. If you don't know what they are i've copy/pasted a lil about it below! Gosh............ I'm so worried. Shingles. I never knew kids could get them!
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is an uncomfortable and often painful rash. It usually appears in a well-defined area on the abdomen or buttocks, although it may also occur on the face or arms. Because it commonly extends around the middle of the body, herpes zoster gets its name from the greek word zoster meaning "girdle." the name shingles comes from the latin word cingulum, a translation of zoster, which also means "girdle."
how serious is shingles?
In patients with normal immune systems, shingles rarely leads to hospitalization, usually clears up in a few weeks, and seldom recurs.
However, there are several complications that you should know about. The first is called postherpetic neuralgia, or phn.
People with phn have pain that lasts for weeks, months, or even years after the skin outbreak has healed. Using medicine in the early stages of shingles may help reduce the duration of phn. Another complication is that the blisters can become infected by bacteria. You should suspect this has happened if the pain and redness suddenly become worse or go away and then return. Antibiotics may be necessary to treat these bacterial infections. Shingles carries a risk of scarring the skin if the blisters become infected with bacteria.
Shingles can also get into the eyes and cause permanent damage. If you have any blisters on your face, nose, eyes, or ears, be sure to tell your doctor or other healthcare provider immediately.
Aw man thats scary! Im sorry chanda! I hope she gets better! When you said shingles, I was like what the hell is that? Lol sorry I just had to put that in there. But tell her to get better im praying for her!
No you are right. It's only on her right upper body. All over the left side of her chest and back. She got it from lack of sleep/rest and worry. It's from your nerves that you can get it........ Lordy. I mean, she's doing ok. I just, I guess it's scary to think about. But she's doing alright for now. Not too much pain. They gave her some pain meds for it though so that is good. I'm sure she'll be fine. It just scared me at first. School starts for her monday and they don't know if she can go. That's prolly the "wrost" thing going on right now lol!
If you or anyone she comes into contact with is pregnant,keep away.This also goes for babies and children or anyone who has not had chicken pox!!This is the meaner version of chicken pox,same virus!It is very contagious until her lesions get crusty and start to heal.Hope she gets better soon!Patty
Bit of back ground info that will make sense I promise. I was bought up by my dad's mum after my mum and dad divorced. My mum re-married and had 2 boys.
When they were quite young both boys had chicken pox (at the same time - I think one caught it from the other) and my mum caught it from them, this in turn developed into shingles which led to blood poisoning and menigitis.
However she is ok and right as rain now
My mom has shingles. They really, really suck. And they are a type of herpes, so once you have them, you always have them in your system and they can come back at any time. Stress is a big factor in getting another outbreak. That is terrible that she got them so young. Hopefully, they never come back for her. I know my mom is absolutely miserable when she has an outbreak, and she gets them quite often.
We're doing everything the drs say. And trying to clear this up and hopefully we can keep them away. At 10 it's wierd to think of a 10 year old stressed, but you'd have to know harlee.... You'd know that she has stress. She worries about everything and anything. And she worries about being #1. ..... Gosh. I told her she needs to clam her nerves lol!
Lil sis had to be exposed to someone who either had chicken pox or shingles.They may not have thought to let you know yet.Go back about three weeks,who was she around??I got chicken pox from taking care of a patient that had shingles.Incubation is about three weeks.I had mine about this time of year also,thought I had sun poisoning!Oh,and you can get chicken pox twice if you had a mild case as a child .Patty