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how long do shingles rash last

A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jason Campbell
15 years experience Family Medicine
5-7 Days: Usually the shingles rash (and pain) may last 5-7 days but could be longer. Even with mild pain it is recommended to be treated with anti-virals to pr ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz
18 years experience Dermatology
Varies: Depending on the severity of the the outbreak, most resolve in 2-4 weeks.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
28 years experience Pain Management
1-14 days: But blisters may take longer to heal. If near your eye, you can become blind, so seek medical attention.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Drourr
28 years experience Pain Management
Usually: Most commonly shingles is accompanied by a rash. There is a very small percent of cases that do not have a rash. The usual duration is anywhere from o ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
HIV: Acute HIV infection is asymptomatic in many individuals. For others however, symptoms like skin rash and flu-like symptoms can develop within 2 to 3 w ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
28 years experience Pain Management
2-4 weeks: Blisters turn to scabs in 7-14 days, and scabs heal and fall off in 2-4 weeks.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience Family Medicine
Scarlet fever: Scarlet fever is the rash that can develop secondary to a streptococcal infection such as strep throat. The rash can typically last anywhere from 2-5 ... Read More
A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edwin Schuller
44 years experience Family Medicine
Years: Varicella virus lives in nerve roots for years. Shingles occurs in people who have had chicken pox even in childhood.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Herpes simplex: Typically from 7-10 days but this can be quite variable with the individual infected.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
35 years experience Adolescent Medicine
Weeks to months: When they are treated properly, it takes about 14 days to clear the skin, up to 6 months to clear the scalp, 6 months to 9 months to clear the nails.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
35 years experience Adolescent Medicine
1-2 weeks: With treatment they usually resolve in 1-2 weeks.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
8 years experience Dermatology
Less than 1 week: If you're talking about a common blister that develops at a site of trauma or rubbing, they usually resolve in 5-7 days.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Arcos
37 years experience Pain Management
Rash or pain: The physical manifestations of shingles , usually rash and small papules ( fluid filled blisters) last a few days to a week. The pain of shingles if ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Gutman
42 years experience Internal Medicine
Hmm..: Depend on the size and location... about 5 days
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joram Seggev
Specializes in Allergy and Immunology
It depends: Hives affect 1 of 5 people at least once in their lives. Hives that are due to a known cause (such as cat or drug) usually last only as long as one e ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
About 2 weeks: About 2 weeks, give or take.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
HIV: The acute or primary HIV infection is asymptomatic in many. Symptoms like skin rash and flu-like symptoms can develop within 2 to 3 weeks from the tim ... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Neilsen
18 years experience Family Medicine
Varies: Sometimes hours....Sometimes months. It varies depending on the cause.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
5 to 7 days: Measles rash does not itch,but when the the rash is clearing it causes peeling of the skin like you see after sunburn and that may cause itching and i ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience Family Medicine
2 weeks: In an immunocompetent person, shingles can be active up unti about 7-10 days. Sometimes slightly longer.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
As far as we know: It has been shown to reduce the incidence of herpes zoster (known as shingles) by 51.3%. As far as we know at this time it is a one time vaccine.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
27 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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