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Misdiagnosis of Shingles

Misdiagnosis of Shingles

A diagnosis of the shingles is generally made from information obtained by taking a thorough health history, including symptoms and vaccination history, and performing a physical exam. Misdiagnosing shingles is possible because some symptoms may be similar to symptoms of other diseases, such as impetigo, chest pain, rib injury, and contact dermatitis.

In addition, a diagnosis of shingles may be delayed or overlooked because people who have had shingles vaccination may believe that they will not get shingles. However, it is possible that a person who has had shingles vaccination may still get shingles, but the disease is generally milder and the duration is shorter....more about Shingles »

Alternative diagnoses list for Shingles:

For a diagnosis of Shingles, the following list of conditions have been mentioned in sources as possible alternative diagnoses to consider during the diagnostic process for Shingles:

Diseases for which Shingles may be an alternative diagnosis

The other diseases for which Shingles is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:

Shingles: Hidden Causes Misdiagnosed?

Causes of Shingles may include these medical conditions:

Shingles: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:

Common Misdiagnoses and Shingles

Alzheimer's disease over-diagnosed: The well-known disease of Alzheimer's disease is often over-diagnosed. Patients tend to assume that any memory loss or forgetulness symptom might be Alzheimer's, whereas there are many other less severe possibilities. Some level of memory decline is normal with aging, and even a slight loss of acuity may be noticed in the 30's and 40's. Other conditions can also lead a person to show greater forgetfulness. For example, depression and depressive disorders can cause a person to have reduced concentration and thereby poorer memory retention.

Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for a patient to show mental decline to dementia. Whereas this can, of course, occur due to various medical conditions, such as a stroke or Alzheimer's disease, it can also occur from a side effect or interaction between multiple drugs that the elderly patient may be taking. There are also various other possible causes of dementia.

Tremor need not be Parkinson's disease: There is the tendency to believe that any tremor symptom, or shakiness, means Parkinson's disease. The reality is that there are various possibilities, such as benign essential tremor, which is mostly harmless. see the various causes of tremor and misdiagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

Leg cramps at night a classic sign: The symptom of having leg muscle cramps, particularly at night, is a classic sign of undiagnosed diabetes. However, there are also various other causes. See causes of leg cramps or misdiagnosis of diabetes.

Rare diseases misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease: A rare genetic disorder is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease for men in their 50's. The disease Fragile X disorder can show only mild symptoms in the early years, and Parkinsons-like symptoms around age 50. See misdiagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

Psoriasis often undiagnosed cause of skin symptoms in children: Children who suffer from the skin disorder called psoriasis can often go undiagnosed. The main problem is that psoriasis is rare in children, and not often seen by physicians for this reason. children may receive treatment for fungal skin infections. See misdiagnosis of psoriasis or symptoms of psoriasis.

Vitamin B12 deficiency under-diagnosed: The condition of Vitamin B12 deficiency is a possible misdiagnosis of various conditions, such as multiple sclerosis (see symptoms of multiple sclerosis). See symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency or misdiagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

Shingles: Rare Types

Rare types of medical disorders and diseases in related medical areas:

Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Shingles:

The following medical news items are relevant to misdiagnosis of Shingles:

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

When checking for a misdiagnosis of Shingles or confirming a diagnosis of Shingles, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Shingles may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Shingles. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.

 

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