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how long does pain go on after the shingles have gone and antivirals taken?

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Dr. Theresa-Ann Clark
23 years experience Family Medicine
It varies by person: Each person responds differently. Shingles is caused by dormant chicken pox within nerves. It gets reactivated due to immune system stress, moves out to skin, causes rash/pain. Post-herpetic neuralgia(pain) may persist for months. Treatment: capsacin topical cream (never put on rash), low doses of anti-seizure/antidepressant medicines. Prevention: the zoster vaccine lowers risk of future outbreaks.
Answered on Oct 27, 2018
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
/variable.: Most cases of shingles last 3 to 5 weeks. Usually 1 to 5 days after one experiences pain/burning in a specific area, a rash with blisters appears. This may take a week to 10 days to dry up & become crusty. Usually within a couple of weeks the scabs resolve. REF: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/shingles#catch. Course may be shorter with antiviral medications.
Answered on Jan 5, 2019

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