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how long does it take for shingles rash to appear

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Stein
59 years experience Pain Management
Yes in time: Shingles is a viral infection the inflames the nerves and causes blisters along the course of the nerves that are affected it can cause a lot of pain ... Read More

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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Shingles: Rash begins to dry up in a week or two and may take a month to disappear completely.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Usually no trigger: Your question seems to assume a trigger of herpes zoster (shingles) is usually present or can be identified. Not so. Most cases are random without any ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregory Lewis
43 years experience Urology
See answer: There are 8 herpes virus types. Types most familiar to us: herpes simplex viruses (types 1 and 2) which can cause mouth cold sores and/or genital herp ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
How long after what?: The pain and/or itching can be present for a day or so before the typical rash.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Herpes zoster: Usually within 24-48 hours from onset of symptoms.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
35 years experience Adolescent Medicine
Within 7 days: Usually it will resolve within 7 days of treatment. It can be followed by mild peeling of the skin.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Incubation: Chickenpox will generally first appear from 10-21 daysafter initial exposure with a peak at 14 days. The eruption occurs in waves lasting about 5 days ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
32 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Variable: Allergic contact dermatitis rash (poison ivy) can take several weeks to resolve. Rashes related to medication allergy generally improve within 48 ho ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
35 years experience Adolescent Medicine
1-2 weeks: It usually takes 1-2 days for a polymorphous light eruption to show up and it resolves in 1-2 weeks. If it is solar urticaria then it shows up in abo ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: Some people whose local and systemic immune response is compromised may develop genital warts in a matter of weeks, whereas those whose immune system ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Weeks: Even though the scabies mites might have been eradicated, their body and droppings stay in the skin for weeks
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A 65-year-old female asked:
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lily Hwang
17 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
4hrs to 3d: From direct exposure usually it starts 4 hrs to 3 days. It will peak between 1-2 weeks and new lesions may appear up to 21 days.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Usually..: Healing time for a second degree burn may be up to 3 weeks.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
36 years experience Family Medicine
Usually a day or so: The chemical in the poison ivy plant that causes the problem in many people usually takes a day or two before it fully erupts. Often, people feel some ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Protective Cushion: With injury to our skin, inflammation occurs which means the area becomes red, warm, tender and with swelling. Swelling occurs under the skin layers a ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Srdjan Prodanovich
18 years experience Dermatology
Scabies: Although sometimes referred to as the "seven-year itch, " scabies can be effectively treated with killing of the mite sarcoptes scabiei, preventing cr ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
41 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Acute/chronic hives: Hives vary greatly in duration, so we call hives lasting <6 wks acute, and >6 weeks chronic. It depends on the cause. A mild drug reaction may cause h ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Organ
53 years experience Wound care
Think infection.: Road rash should not become blistered unless it is infected. May need antibiotic. Best choice depends on organism present. Wound culture first to i ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Perry
Dr. Lee Perry answered
16 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Not immediate: The reaction to poison ivy and poison oak is called "delayed hypersensitivity" because it usually takes 48-72 hours for a rash to start after the expo ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Diabo
21 years experience Pediatrics
Few days or...: A percentage of people that contract herpes never have an outbreak. Or they may become infected, and experience their first outbreak months or years ... Read More
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