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will shingles leave scars

A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Sanchez
17 years experience Pain Management
Yes: It is not usual but yes, any rash could potentially leave a scar or discoloration.

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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
36 years experience Wound care
Forever Present: A scar forms when there is healing of an injury to the tissues. Remember that with almost all wounds, healing continues for months and months as we ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ayisha Gani
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Rash: It is hard to say without looking at it, probably nothing to do with the shingles. It could be rash, may be an inflammation on the skin or some form o ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Press
44 years experience Plastic Surgery
Improve, not remove.: Scars cannot be removed but there is a large variety of techniques to improve their appearance, both surgical and non-surgical. Avoid sun exposure; it ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
36 years experience Dermatology
About a week or two: Any scab will take 1-2 weeks before they fall off. Keep the scabs softened with moisturizer or petroleum jelly to reduce the chance for scarring.
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Goldman
55 years experience Rheumatology
May not fade complet: It may not fade completely ever.
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerry Judd Pryde
26 years experience Travel Medicine
Not possible: but what ever you do dont make it worse by pulling on the scab. its a natural barrier to avoid infection. let it come off on its own
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
57 years experience Dermatology
Common: Best way to prevent scar is prompt institution of therapy within 3 days, preferably on first day. This is 7 days of valacyclovir 1 gram 3x a day or ac ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
57 years experience Dermatology
Shingrix: A second episode of h. zoster is rare but not impossible. You had it at an unusually young age, so another episode is a greater than usual risk. The n ... Read More

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