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does shingles always blister

A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Leander Po
18 years experience Infectious Disease
They'll crust over: If the shingles area is kept clean, then the the popped blisters will crust over, and the itching, burning sensation will slowly diminish, especiall ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
No: Leave the blisters alone. By popping those you are more likely to get the raw area infected.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Herpes zoster: Usually within 24-48 hours from onset of symptoms.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
28 years experience Dermatology
Shingles: Shingles-reactivation of chickenpox infection w/vzv virus. After chickenpox rash goes away, virus hides in nerve cells & is kept there by your immune ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
57 years experience Dermatology
Yes: Untreated shingles will evolve over about 4 to 5 weeks. Clusters of vessicles [small blisters] will appear for a couple of weeks, evolving through pus ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Fields
61 years experience Family Medicine
Shingles : That is correct. Shingles appears along the nerve path and not as you describe
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Arcos
38 years experience Pain Management
No: Vesicles in shingles (varicella zoster) often resorb on their own. They may burst , usually self-induced due to the severe itching. Earlt treatment i ... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
32 years experience Dermatology
Shingles: There is no cure for shingles, but treatment may shorten the length of illness and prevent complications. Treatment options include: antiviral medici ... Read More
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Dr. Aaron Love
19 years experience Emergency Medicine
Yes do that as....: Cool water compresses to any weeping blisters ~ 20 minutes several times will soothe and help dry the blisters, at which point stop the compresses. Ap ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
36 years experience Pediatrics
Skin damage: It is likely the infection has cleared with the anti-virals, but the damage to the skin can take months to heal. It's not unlike a burn - the skin has ... Read More
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