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Melody Rodarte, D.O., practices at Banner Gateway Medical Center.

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Shingles Video - Full Transcript

Text:  This video is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is not intended to provide professional medical advice or any other professional service. If medical or  other professional assistance is required, the service of a competent professional should be sought. Banner Health ©

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Text:     Banner Health Presents: Ask the Expert
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Image:  Dr. Melody Rodarte, remaining on-camera throughout the video, speaks.

Text:   MELODY RODARTE, D.O. Internal Medicine -- Banner Gateway Medical Center

Audio:  “I’m Dr. Melody Rodarte at Banner Gateway Medical Center.”

Text:    A painful blister-type rash that affects roughly one million Americans each year

Audio:  “Shingles is a painful, blister-type rash that affects roughly one million Americans each year.”

Text:     Varicella Zoster Virus, CHICKEN POX

Audio:  “It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus – the same virus responsible for chicken pox. After the infection with chicken pox…”

Text:    The virus can reside quietly in the nervous system for years

Audio:  “…the virus can reside in the nervous system quietly for years. Shingles is a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus, which has been dormant in the nervous system.”

Text:     Any healthy adult is at risk
 After age 50 - risk increases

Audio:  “Any healthy adult is at risk but, after age 50, our immune system decreases, increasing the risk of the virus reactivating.”

Text:   Reactivation Triggers: STRESS & ILLNESS

Audio:  “Some triggers for reactivation include stress and illness. Shingles creates painful blisters that form a line or ‘wrap around’ one side of the torso.”

Text:   A tingling heat sensation may proceed the eruption

Audio:  “A tingling heat sensation may proceed the eruption and some people may experience…”

Text:   Increased sensitivity or numbness

Audio:  “…increased sensitivity or numbness in the area prior to the blisters appearing.”

Text:   Blisters may last a few days, 3-4 weeks to totally heal, Possibility of some scarring

Audio:  “The blisters may take a few days and then scab over. It may take three to four weeks for total healing of the rash and it is not uncommon to have some scarring.”

Text:   Open blister phase - The most contagious phase

Audio:  “During the open blister phase, the most contagious phase of shingles, precautions should be taken…”

Text:   Pregnant women, Newborns, Immunocompromised persons , Those who have not had Chicken Pox

Audio:  “…with pregnant women, newborns, immunocompromised persons and those who have not had chicken pox.”

Text:   You can’t give someone Shingles, You can give someone Chicken Pox

Audio:  “Although you can’t give someone shingles, you can give them chicken pox when you are contagious.”

Text:   Complications can include: Continued pain, Ocular or ear involvement, Superficial skin infections

Audio:  “Complications of shingles can include continued pain, which is termed post-herpetic neuralgia, ocular or ear involvement may occur if the face is involved, and superficial skin infections may also occur in the lesions.”

Text: There are multiple treatment options available for Shingles

Audio:  “There are multiple treatment options available for shingles. Contact your physician for more information.”

Text:   For more health information from Banner Health experts - Please Visit or call Banner Health’s Physician Referral & Resources Line at 1(800) 230-CARE (2273)

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Page Last Modified: 02/22/2010
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