Can You Get Shingles On Your Ankle?


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Matthew Porter answered
Yes you can get shingles on your ankle. Shingles is the same virus that causes chickenpox, varicella-zoster virus or VZV, derived from the latin word 'variola', which means smallpox. 'Zoster' is the Greek word for girdle; shingles often produce a belt or girdle of blisters around one side of the waist. Shingles is a very common disease, with over 25 per cent of adults likely to get shingles at some point in their lifetime, however, you cannot get shingles unless you have previously had chickenpox as a child. The disease most often occurs in adults over 50, although there are still cases of younger patients suffering from shingles. People who have weakened immune systems (i.e. People with cancer or HIV), have been ill, are suffering stress or recent trauma, or are over 50 are most at risk of shingles. Symptoms include an itchy, stabbing or shooting pain, tingling feeling in or under the skin, red on the affected area, and a high temperature, chills and a headache. A rash typically appears as a band across one side of the body, as a patch of raised dots that develop into red, fluid-filled painful blisters. The most common areas affected are the waistline, one side of the face, eye and forehead, although the disease can develop anywhere on the body. There is no cure for shingles, but there is medication to ease the pain and discomfort associated with the condition.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Yes, Shingles can run along any dermatome (nerve path), including in the head, arms, neck, trunk, legs and feet.  There is a dermatome that runs down the leg through the ankle down to the foot.  You can get shingles in this area.   If you suspect Shingles, see your dermatologist or family doctor.  They can prescribe medication and soaks to help you through it.  Do not use cortisone on it.  The symptoms begin  when you feel like you have the flu, feel run down and may have a fever.  This is the prodromal stage of shingles.  You can also prevent shingles or make it less severe with the vaccine.  There are 2 schools of thought on shingles, one thinks it is contagious, the other does not.  If you have shingles, stay away from patients who are undergoing chemotherapy and babies who have not had chicken pox yet.
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Anonymous commented
I am glad that you can make shingles less severe with the vaccine I thought it was only for those who didn't have it! Thanks
Mark Westbrook Profile
Mark Westbrook answered
The answer to the question is yes, you can get shingles on your ankle. However, if there are no signs of shingles anywhere else on your body, I would look to a simpler diagnosis. As it is by the ankle, it could well be an insect bite, or perhaps your brushed up against a plant or even a soap allergy.
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Debbie Simerly answered
Yes, but it would be unusual.  Shingles usually occur on the trunk of your body, head, or legs.  They usually cover a large area and are very painful.  Shingles generally affect people with autoimmune problems due to illness or age.  You can go on the internet and look at pictures of shingles to give you an idea of what it looks like.
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Anonymous answered
How did I get shingles between my knee on the right side, what do I do to stop the pain, I never heard of to be there of all places, I just had major surgery in that area, could that be the reason for it.
Thank You in advance for all your help

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