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My 9 year old daughter got diagnosed with Shingles today.

Started with the rash Saturday so now she has a band of blisters on the right hand side of her chest trailing round to her back. Shes already had lots of aches and pains. We have some painkillers and a tub of calamine and aqueous cream to ease the blisters.

Anyone else suffered with Shingles?

Any tips on easing the pain, Dr said it could last up to 6 weeks:-3
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Ouch, poor soul, shingles is horrible. Nothing to suggest I'm afraid, just lots of TLC. :-4
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Poor baby they are extremely painful so be aware of her tolerance for them. I have many friend who have them and its a life long problem unfortunately. I hope she just has a mild outbreak. Stress, heat, cold, you name can bring them on. :(

Now when your turn 60 (Me 61) they give you a vaccination for Shingles
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Betty Boop;1038786 wrote: Ouch, poor soul, shingles is horrible. Nothing to suggest I'm afraid, just lots of TLC. :-4


thanks Betty, shes actually leaning up my shoulder as I type lol, were lying on the bed watching tv:-4:-4
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She has my sympathy, it's an awful itch and the more it irritates the worse it gets. It fades eventually but it'll bounce back for briefer periods over the next year, you'll need to keep whatever works best for her after it's gone.

The measles virus hides away in the nerve fibres, from what I understand of shingles. A shake-up to the body - maybe a chill or a cold - lets it inflame these channels and they're just pure irritation and pain, directly stimulated rather than reacting to anything external. If the irritation is right at the nerve endings then maybe calamine might have an effect but it seems a bit unlikely that it should. Normal pain relief in the brain would make more sense. Being only nine I bet you're limited in what she's allowed - heavy duty stuff like co-codamol might be forbidden.

I'll look it up.
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spot;1038792 wrote: She has my sympathy, it's an awful itch and the more it irritates the worse it gets. It fades eventually but it'll bounce back for briefer periods over the next year, you'll need to keep whatever works best for her after it's gone.

The measles virus hides away in the nerve fibres, from what I understand of shingles. A shake-up to the body - maybe a chill or a cold - lets it inflame these channels and they're just pure irritation and pain, directly stimulated rather than reacting to anything external. If the irritation is right at the nerve endings then maybe calamine might have an effect but it seems a bit unlikely that it should. Normal pain relief in the brain would make more sense. Being only nine I bet you're limited in what she's allowed - heavy duty stuff like co-codamol might be forbidden.

I'll look it up.


Trouble is she is chronic asthmatic too spot so cant take some meds, calpol type painkiller is whats been prescribed. She had the flu jab the other monday but apparently that wouldn't bring it on.
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Ahhhhh Chez....I'm so sorry for your daughter. My Mom had shingles....She was in pain quite often.



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CARLA;1038787 wrote: Poor baby they are extremely painful so be aware of her tolerance for them. I have many friend who have them and its a life long problem unfortunately. I hope she just has a mild outbreak. Stress, heat, cold, you name can bring them on. :(

Now when your turn 60 (Me 61) they give you a vaccination for Shingles


thanks Carla, she doesnt whinge as much as me when im ill:wah::wah::wah::wah:
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Kathy Ellen;1038801 wrote: Ahhhhh Chez....I'm so sorry for your daughter. My Mom had shingles....She was in pain quite often.



Good luck with finding remedies:-6


thanks Kathy babe xxxx:-4
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spot;1038792 wrote: She has my sympathy, it's an awful itch and the more it irritates the worse it gets. It fades eventually but it'll bounce back for briefer periods over the next year, you'll need to keep whatever works best for her after it's gone.

The measles virus hides away in the nerve fibres, from what I understand of shingles. A shake-up to the body - maybe a chill or a cold - lets it inflame these channels and they're just pure irritation and pain, directly stimulated rather than reacting to anything external. If the irritation is right at the nerve endings then maybe calamine might have an effect but it seems a bit unlikely that it should. Normal pain relief in the brain would make more sense. Being only nine I bet you're limited in what she's allowed - heavy duty stuff like co-codamol might be forbidden.

I'll look it up.


Thought it was Chickenpox?
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Bryn Mawr;1038810 wrote: Thought it was Chickenpox?


It could well be chickenpox, I don't know yet, I've not been and looked!
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Yeah its chicken pox, if anyone hasnt had it my daughter is highly contagious and can give them it, its highly dangerous for pregnant ladies to come in contact with chicken pox or shingles. You cant catch shingles:D
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Chezzie;1038767 wrote: My 9 year old daughter got diagnosed with Shingles today.

Started with the rash Saturday so now she has a band of blisters on the right hand side of her chest trailing round to her back. Shes already had lots of aches and pains. We have some painkillers and a tub of calamine and aqueous cream to ease the blisters.

Anyone else suffered with Shingles?

Any tips on easing the pain, Dr said it could last up to 6 weeks:-3


The drug Valtrex (Acyclovir) is used at early onset of Shingles to shorten the time period. Ask your doc about it.
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Lon;1038817 wrote: The drug Valtrex (Acyclovir) is used at early onset of Shingles to shorten the time period. Ask your doc about it.


Thanks Lon, will do:-6
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Chezzie;1038818 wrote: Thanks Lon, will do:-6


I would have thought he would have offered it if its suitable for your daughter, my doctor gave it to me as soon as he diagnosed shingles in me a few years ago.
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Chezzie;1038767 wrote: My 9 year old daughter got diagnosed with Shingles today.

Started with the rash Saturday so now she has a band of blisters on the right hand side of her chest trailing round to her back. Shes already had lots of aches and pains. We have some painkillers and a tub of calamine and aqueous cream to ease the blisters.

Anyone else suffered with Shingles?

Any tips on easing the pain, Dr said it could last up to 6 weeks:-3


Keep her out of the sun.

Shingles are so very painfull,poor little woman.

Hope she is feeling better with the painkillers:-4:-6
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Betty Boop;1038822 wrote: I would have thought he would have offered it if its suitable for your daughter, my doctor gave it to me as soon as he diagnosed shingles in me a few years ago.


He mentioned nothing except the painkiller (calpol substitute) he prescribed, like I said shes chronic asthmatic and also only 9 years, maybe they dont give it out to juniors.
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mrsK;1038823 wrote: Keep her out of the sun.

Shingles are so very painfull,poor little woman.

Hope she is feeling better with the painkillers:-4:-6


Thanks H

Hope your feeling better hun xxxx:-4
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Oh, I hope she feels better soon! :-4
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chonsigirl;1038834 wrote: Oh, I hope she feels better soon! :-4


thanks chonsi hun x:-4:-4
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Betty Boop;1038822 wrote: I would have thought he would have offered it if its suitable for your daughter, my doctor gave it to me as soon as he diagnosed shingles in me a few years ago.


Irrespective of the country, doctors will oft not prescribe a med in order to keep medical costs down. When you ask, it's a different matter. No matter what country, it seems you have to be proactive.
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Hi babe. Oh I just told little Q about it and he was actually upset (I had to explain it to him). Well, I bought some stamps yesterday and will get those Phillies posties out tomorrow for Molls. Have you tried a calamine bath yet or Aveeno has an oatmeal bath powder. Takes the sting out. Give her our luv and we will keep her in our prayers.:-4
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thanks ducks and barman, much appreciated.

Didnt realise how common it was in youngsters tbh. I was alarmed as the net said it hit over 50's as a rule:-3:-3:-3:-3
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I really feel for her chezzie my daughter Renee had shingles when she was 10.She went water skiing and fell off and they took their time coming back to get her and she was really scared anyhow thats when she developed shingles. She is 37 now and still gets slight jabs of pain where she had the shingles cause it affects the the nerve endings. Its a relative of the chicken pox. In those days there wasnt much you could give her.Big hugs to her and lots of love from her Auntie Oz Bird :-4:-4:-4:-4:-4
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kayleneaussie;1038907 wrote: I really feel for her chezzie my daughter Renee had shingles when she was 10.She went water skiing and fell off and they took their time coming back to get her and she was really scared anyhow thats when she developed shingles. She is 37 now and still gets slight jabs of pain where she had the shingles cause it affects the the nerve endings. Its a relative of the chicken pox. In those days there wasnt much you could give her.Big hugs to her and lots of love from her Auntie Oz Bird :-4:-4:-4:-4:-4


Awww thanks Kay babe, appreciated:-4
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Chezzie;1038880 wrote: Didnt realise how common it was in youngsters tbh. I was alarmed as the net said it hit over 50's as a rule:-3:-3:-3:-3Here, I've found a wonderful statistic to amuse her with - by the age of 85, half of all people will have had an attack. She's got in early, that's all. If the pain does get too much you could ask her doctor about a cream made from chilli peppers which can be used after her scabs have crusted over called Zostrix (= OTC capsaicin), I don't think it needs a prescription. If you ask about that you could ask about Lidocaine at the same time.
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spot;1038924 wrote: Here, I've found a wonderful statistic to amuse her with - by the age of 85, half of all people will have had an attack. She's got in early, that's all. If the pain does get too much you could ask her doctor about a cream made from chilli peppers which can be used after her scabs have crusted over called Zostrix (= OTC capsaicin), I don't think it needs a prescription. If you ask about that you could ask about Lidocaine at the same time.


your a star Spot. Thanks so much :-4
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Poor thing!

I had shingles on the right side of my face it was awful, I looked like a leper.

I did use calomine but the oily variety, it does'nt dry on your skin like windolene.
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My nine year old had them this summer... gown or robe without elastic - on my littleone it created a ring around her along undie and pj lines...sweat areas...



oatmeal baths- she loved...:D
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thanks for your replies Abbey, Jab and Flops..:-4

She is feeling ok, were having a lazy day under the duvet today:-4

the aqueous cream mixed with calamine is great too Abbs, doesn't go like windolene either lol..
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Chezzie;1039268 wrote: thanks for your replies Abbey, Jab and Flops..:-4



She is feeling ok, were having a lazy day under the duvet today:-4



the aqueous cream mixed with calamine is great too Abbs, doesn't go like windolene either lol..


Oh, I'm glad she's feeling better Chez...the poor wee one.:-6



That sounds good...think I'll get under the duvet early too...it's cold here:thinking:
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Tell her to dab loads of calomine on, let it dry in patches, then she can go out tomorrow with a really cheap and original costume! :yh_pumpkn:yh_ghost



Hope she's feeling better soon, poor little poppet. :-4
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Imladris;1039932 wrote: Tell her to dab loads of calomine on, let it dry in patches, then she can go out tomorrow with a really cheap and original costume! :yh_pumpkn:yh_ghost



Hope she's feeling better soon, poor little poppet. :-4


Thanks Immy

Good thing is some are starting to scab, she has a halloween party tomorrow, I have rung round and all have had chicken pox so she is ok to go..Tantrums and Tiaras it would of been if id had to say big sis can go but you cant:wah::wah::wah:
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Chezzie;1038767 wrote: My 9 year old daughter got diagnosed with Shingles today.

Started with the rash Saturday so now she has a band of blisters on the right hand side of her chest trailing round to her back. Shes already had lots of aches and pains. We have some painkillers and a tub of calamine and aqueous cream to ease the blisters.

Anyone else suffered with Shingles?

Any tips on easing the pain, Dr said it could last up to 6 weeks:-3


Hey Chezzie, I sympathise with your daughter, I had shingles a couple of years back and the itch drove me mad. I cant remember what my doctor prescribe, but I think it was only a mild case as it cleared up in a week or two.

Shingles is related to chicken pox, but you can only get shingles after you have had chicken pox apprantly.

Get better soon young one :):-6
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neil;1040427 wrote: Hey Chezzie, I sympathise with your daughter, I had shingles a couple of years back and the itch drove me mad. I cant remember what my doctor prescribe, but I think it was only a mild case as it cleared up in a week or two.

Shingles is related to chicken pox, but you can only get shingles after you have had chicken pox apprantly.

Get better soon young one :):-6


Thanks Neil, shes already scabbing over...whooohooooo

Shouldnt be wishing for your kids to get scabby I know:wah::wah::wah::wah:
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How is little Molls today Chez:thinking:;):-4
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Carolly;1040888 wrote: How is little Molls today Chez:thinking:;):-4


Shes alot better thanks Carol, blisters are itchy and sore but she is in fine spirits:D
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Chezzie;1040910 wrote: Shes alot better thanks Carol, blisters are itchy and sore but she is in fine spirits:D
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Carolly;1040911 wrote: Hugs from Aunty Carol:-4:-4;)


thanks sweetie but i'm sure she would prefer a £20 :yh_rotfl:yh_rotfl:yh_rotfl
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Hey Chez:-4



My mates told me about 2 products that helps with the dreaded "itch" that might help your kidlet after she feels better. The products are made for adults and also for youngins:-4



My psoriasis is acting up lately and the dreaded "winter itch" has shown its ugly face.....my hands and elbows are so itchy, and I have terrible and painful rashes already. I put some these products on my face for moisturizing and on my hands and elbows last night. Well the itch has been gone since last night until today at 6 pm.....I'm delighted with these one day results.



The company is named Beiersdorf (They also make Nivia products) and the products are called Aquaphor healing lotion and Eucerin...lotion for skin and moisturizing the facial area.



If you're interested in these products and you can't find them in your neck of the woods I will mail them onto you.....just let me know.
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Kathy Ellen;1045698 wrote: Hey Chez:-4



My mates told me about 2 products that helps with the dreaded "itch" that might help your kidlet after she feels better. The products are made for adults and also for youngins:-4



My psoriasis is acting up lately and the dreaded "winter itch" has shown its ugly face.....my hands and elbows are so itchy, and I have terrible and painful rashes already. I put some these products on my face for moisturizing and on my hands and elbows last night. Well the itch has been gone since last night until today at 6 pm.....I'm delighted with these one day results.



The company is named Beiersdorf (They also make Nivia products) and the products are called Aquaphor healing lotion and Eucerin...lotion for skin and moisturizing the facial area.



If you're interested in these products and you can't find them in your neck of the woods I will mail them onto you.....just let me know.


Awww thanks Kathy.

However my eldest is an excema sufferer and I have that many emolients and moisture creams here I could open my own shop, she has already been using the dermasoap in the shower to stop the itch. Its not got the dreaded awful itchy stage yet however, we still have some blisters.

Thanks Kathy:)
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Chezzie;1045701 wrote: Awww thanks Kathy.

However my eldest is an excema sufferer and I have that many emolients and moisture creams here I could open my own shop, she has already been using the dermasoap in the shower to stop the itch. Its not got the dreaded awful itchy stage yet however, we still have some blisters.



Thanks Kathy:)


Hi Chez...should have clarified....



These products are used for any rash...great for psoriasis/excema...et all..



All the moms in my school plus myself have tons of products that don't work.:-5



All of these moms use this particular product and have seen tremendous results on their babies...no matter what age. It's just another thought to ponder.



It's working for my friend's baby and for ME...Yeehaa:wah:
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Chezzie:

I've never heard of children getting Shingles. I thought it was an 'older person's disease'.

Did your doctor suggest she get the Shingles shot to prevent this from happening again?




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Kindle;1046156 wrote: Chezzie:

I've never heard of children getting Shingles. I thought it was an 'older person's disease'.

Did your doctor suggest she get the Shingles shot to prevent this from happening again?


No, didnt even mention their was a Shingles Injection? I will look into it.:D

I was alarmed at first but I have spoken to lots of people now who's children got shingles and some say their child was as young as 6 years.
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EURAX cream is good for reducing the 'itch' and of course keeping the area moiturised with non-scented cream of some sort. Drying of the skin with any skin complaint seems to make the problem worse.



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I just found this Kindle.



Prevention of shingles

A vaccine is available for chickenpox, but it isn't routinely used in the UK. However, it is offered to health workers who aren't immune to chickenpox.

A vaccine that reduces the risk of shingles for people over the age of 60 has also been developed and is used in USA, but it hasn't yet been approved in the UK.


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Chezzie;1046326 wrote: I just found this Kindle.





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In northeastern Ohio, if you wish to obtain a Shingles shot, you are currently on a list at your doctor's office. The waiting time for me is currently about a year.

This is the first time I've experience a wait like this.




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