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A 43-year-old female asked:

my shingles blisters are still here, after a month. i took antivirals-why won't they go away? what's wrong?

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
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 to regenerate and create new skin cells, and these areas can be extra sensitive for weeks to months. Think of it in terms of a broken bone - often takes 6-8 weeks to make that new bone after a fracture. Same for skin to heal.

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