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Article published on Feb 26, 2019

There Is A New And Much More Effective Vaccine For Shingles

I am taking care of my aging mother; she is in her 80s. A couple of weeks ago, she complained of pain on one side of her head. A few days later, I found blisters and a rash on that side of her neck. The following day, her doctor confirmed that she had shingles. She... Read More

Article published on Feb 4, 2003

Encephalitis Is An Uncommon Complication Of Chickenpox Infection

Several weeks ago, our ten-year-old son had chickenpox. When the blisters started to dry up, he complained of a severe headache that lasted several hours. The next day he went to school, and fell down a flight of stairs. We thought he was just careless. Then he started tripping and falling several times a day.... Read More

Article published on Nov 12, 2002

Shingles Can Happen In Adults, But Can Also Happen In Young Children

Our daughter developed shingles when she was eight-months old. We were very surprised at that time. The rash was on one side of her chest and back. Our doctor told us that it was because my wife had chickenpox when she was pregnant. Two months ago I developed shingles that involved the right side of... Read More

Article published on Jul 16, 1997

Children Can Catch The Virus From Shingles, Although This Is Uncommon

I hope you don’t mind answering this question. I am a grandfather. Recently I had a rather painful rash on my back. My family doctor said that it was shingles. When my daughter heard it, she would not let her children visit me, saying that I may give them the germs. Is this possible? Read More

Article published on Jan 29, 1997

Prednisone Is A Very Safe And Effective Medicine When Used Carefully

Our son was recently admitted to the hospital because of an asthmatic attack. Our doctor started him on prednisone as well as inhalers. I heard that prednisone is a steroid and I read someone in England had died because of taking steroids. I am really worried about our son taking this medicine, although his asthma... Read More