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can i expose my shingles rash to sun or uv light

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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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Shingles: If oozing, keep it covered. The usual sun light should not have any effect on shingles. The problem with shingles is the pain.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Shingles: Some research suggest that Ultraviolet rays may help prevent chickenpox spreading. REF: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/11121509492 ... Read More

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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Rarely: Rarely, shingles can recur and do not have to be in the same spot. The pain and burning precede the rash, and follow a nerve distribution. It can occu ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Shingles: Sometimes pain presents before the rash is apparent.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Possible: Intraoral zoster is uncommon, but may produce a sharp unilateral distribution (trigeminal v3) of lesions. No intraoral prodromal symptoms occur. The l ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
See your doctor: It could be another herpes virus, herpes simplex or another type of rash. See a doctor to get a diagnosis and treatment.
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
A few days, but...: It can take 4-5 days or more. If it seems slower, ask your doctor about treatment with valacyclovir rather than acyclovir. Val gives much higher blood ... Read More
A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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Varies: based on the severity of the infection: figure 7-10 days.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Forsythe
26 years experience Emergency Medicine
Topical antibiotics: Pain, redness, sometimes itching, blisters and a rash especially along a rib, that does not cross the midline either in the front or back, is very con ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Mutnick
16 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: Shingles tends to affect a single dermatome (nerve distribution).

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