A 42-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to give herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active herpes zoster?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 51 years experience
Moot point: There is absolutely no rationale for giving the zoster vaccine to someone with ongoing active zoster.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
It does not help cure the outbreak.
Jul 13, 2014

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A 29-year-old member asked:

Can herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active zoster?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 38 years experience
No: No, someone with active zoster will not benefit from the herpes zoster vaccine, which is used for prevention, not treatment.
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A 30-year-old female asked about a 60-year-old male:
I got herpes zoster (shingles) been to doctor he give me only acyclovir and ibuprofen,is there anything I can apply directly on affected area for pain?
Dr. Jerome Litt
Dermatology 73 years experience
SHINGLES: THERE IS REALLY NOTHING YOU CAN APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE SKIN THAT WOULD HELP. SOME SALVES AND OINTMENTS CONTAINING LIDOCAINE MIGHT HELP, BUT THE IBUPROF... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Once Herpes Zoster is triggered, how long does it generally take for the rash to appear?
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
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
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A 52-year-old member asked:
How do I wash my hair if I have shingles (herpes zoster) extending deep into my hairline?
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Gently: Washing hair on one's scalp where there is shingles is the same as washing normal hair . . . Except that one must be gentle and not scratch the scalp ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
I have herpes zoster, my blisters are starting to dry up but popped by itselves during sleep, what should I do?
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 30 years experience
Herpes Zoster: This is how shingles ages as it heals. The blisters lose their top layer and become raw and painful sores. I hope you are on medicine to help you hea... Read More
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Last updated Jul 13, 2014

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