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Can I expose my shingles rash to sun or uv light.?

Can I expose my shingles rash to sun or uv light.?

Shingles: If oozing, keep it covered. The usual sun light should not have any effect on shingles. The problem with shingles is the pain. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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If you had shingles a year ago and was treated, how likely it would come back. Would it show same symptoms. Rashes …?

Rarely: Rarely, shingles can recur and do not have to be in the same spot. The pain and burning precede the rash, and follow a nerve distribution. It can occur anywhere. ...Read more

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Can a person get shingles in the mouth but not have any rashes on the skin?

Can a person get shingles in the mouth but not have any rashes on the skin?

Possible: Intraoral zoster is uncommon, but may produce a sharp unilateral distribution (trigeminal v3) of lesions. No intraoral prodromal symptoms occur. The lesion is very similar to herpes virus infections.
See your dentist for further investigation. ...Read more

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Rashes on my lower buttocks somewhat like a shingles, but I never had a chickenpox before. Help?

Rashes on my lower buttocks somewhat like a shingles, but I never had a chickenpox before. Help?

See your doctor: It could be another herpes virus, herpes simplex or another type of rash. See a doctor to get a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have 3 red (bites/rashes) biggest, bigger and big on my rib cage. A dr said shingles but I think bug bites (bed bugs?). I found zero bugs in my bed.

I have 3 red (bites/rashes) biggest, bigger and big on my rib cage. A dr said shingles but I think bug bites (bed bugs?). I found zero bugs in my bed.

Probably are bites.: I couldn't be sure because I haven't taken a History and Physical on you but your description favors bug bites if there are no blisters and if they do not follow a nerve dermatone pattern. ...Read more

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Can sudden red rashes with severe severe deep pain on right side of the scalp, face and neck along with fever be anything else other than shingles?

Can sudden red rashes with severe severe deep pain on right side of the scalp, face and neck along with fever be anything else other than shingles?

Hard to say without: Photos, and more info, but time to to visit your doctor and get assistance, and treatment, as if it is shingles, it can be a painful condition. See your doctor for definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Got rashes on one leg a week ago, doc said shingles n said my 2yr old son can get chickenpox but he didn't. Is it normal? Or can be wrong diagnosis??

Got rashes on one leg a week ago, doc said shingles n said my 2yr old son can get chickenpox but he didn't. Is it normal? Or can be wrong diagnosis??

Shingles: Your son probably has had his first chicken pox shot which will give him some good protection. Not touching or getting near your shingles helps him not get it also. ...Read more

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Have Shingles Feb. Been getting sores in my head, face, mouth, pubic area, am on Valtrex (valacyclovir) rashes are itchy causing pain how do I get rid of shingles?

Have Shingles Feb. Been getting sores in my head, face, mouth, pubic area, am on Valtrex (valacyclovir) rashes are itchy causing pain how do I get rid of shingles?

Change antiviral?: You cannot get rid of the virus that causes chicken pox and also shingles - varicella zoster. Would be odd, but not impossible, to have shingles on face and pubic area. May be another virus. Liquid from oozing lesions can be tested to see what virus it is. ...Read more

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Have shingles and have been getting rashes on my leg, pubic area, face, mouth why would my doc want a HIV test, I am offended by this I have shingles?

You should be tested: Try not to be offended, your doc has your best interest in mind and is being complete in the work up. 'Shingles' usually appears in a dermatome (meaning that it only follows one single nerve distribution). If we see that it is in MORE than one distribution then we start to worry about other underlying problems because it is not the way that shingles usually presents. I would recommend the test. ...Read more

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Doc diagnosed herpes (shingles) (red rashes on right scalp, cheek & neck with fever) but prescribed amoxicillin+clavulanate combi. Is this any good?

Doc diagnosed herpes (shingles) (red rashes on right scalp, cheek & neck with fever) but prescribed amoxicillin+clavulanate combi. Is this any good?

Viral infection: The medication you've bee prescribed is Not a customary treatment for herpes zoster infection. I generally prescribe Valtrex™ Or similar. Your treating MD may be treating you for a bacterial infection you've been diagnosed. Check with your doctor to have a clarification, or seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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Could water be applied to rashes of herpes zoster?

Could water be applied to rashes of herpes zoster?

Yes: Just be gentile water will not harm the rash but it is very painful.
It is nerve pain so what may seem to be an innocuous thing could be very painful to the sufferer. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, can water be applied to rashes of herpes zoster for washing?

Hello doctors, can water be applied to rashes of herpes zoster for washing?

Sure, water is OK: The temperature is the key. Your skin will react to water if the temperature is too cold or too hot, which could lead to more pain and obvious discomfort. Room temperature water can help ease the painful, uncomfortable skin of shingles. Make sure to wash your towels after the use. Be well. ...Read more

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I have herpes zoster, the doctor gave me the antiviral, and other medicines, what are the signs of the blisters and the rashes are getting better?

I have herpes zoster, the doctor gave me the antiviral, and other medicines, what are the signs of the blisters and the rashes are getting better?

A week to 10 days: The rash should be completely dry in 7 to 10 days. If persists or new vessicles appear then it would be concerning. Sometimes they can start looking worse before they better. ...Read more

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I'm planing to take l-arginine? I had a past symptoms of herpes zoster? I heard taking l-argine can get herpes? I had once pimples, rashes in penis skin

I'm planing to take l-arginine? I had a past symptoms of herpes zoster? I heard taking l-argine can get herpes? I had once pimples, rashes in penis skin

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 herpes; and varicella-zoster virus which causes chicken pox and shingles. Type-specific herpes blood test can help detect prior exposure to Types 1 and 2. L-Arginine, a common supplement, reportedly promotes replication of the herpes virus. Significant? ...Read more

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Can you tell me about shingles (rash)?

Can you tell me about shingles (rash)?

Shingles: Shingles can cause fairly dramatic pain which is followed within a few days by a rash. It usually appears in a particular location on one side of the body. The rash burns intensely, itches ; is made up blisters that open up ; crust over. A person could also have a fever, chills, headache and generalized aches ; pains with fatigue. ...Read more

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What is a good way to determine if its shingles or just a rash?

What is a good way to determine if its shingles or just a rash?

Shingles rash: Preceeded by pain, itching, tingling along the nerve from your back to the area where the rash is now present. You would have had a history of chicken pox at some point in the past as well. ...Read more

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Can diyalisis cause you to have a rash that looks like shingles?

Can diyalisis cause you to have a rash that looks like shingles?

May be shingles: End-stage renal disease is immune compromising, which can predispose to shingles outbreaks, so might be that--which you need to tell your nephrologist about, as may transmit to others at dialysis. Could be other things as well for same reason, so really needs dr's evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have pain from shingles after the rash appears? How can it be alleviated?

Pain: After shingles is difficult to treat. In older individuals it may last long after the rash is gone. Treatment involves use of numbing cream patches, anti-seizure (nerve) medications and nerve blocks. Pain specialists are well equipped to handle this kind of pain. ...Read more

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Can a shingles rash appear as petechiae?

Different: Shingles and petechiae have completely different presentation. A trained medical professional should be able to differentiate them. If in doubt, go to see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Can shingles present with a petichial rash?

Can shingles present with a petichial rash?

Usually no!: While I have seen shingles do just about anything, the shingles rash is usually "vesicular' meaning clear filled blisters rather than "petechial" or bright red small dots. ...Read more

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Does shingles always present itself with a rash on the skin?

Herpes zoster: Signs and symptoms of shingles usually affect a small section of one side of your body. These may include pain, burning, numbness or tingling. A red rash often begins a few days after the pain and forms fluid-filled blisters that break open and crust over along with Itching. There are some people who only develop pain and itching but this is uncommon. ...Read more

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How long does shingles pain on face last after the rash has healed?

How long does shingles pain on face last after the rash has healed?

Let explian: Shingle pain could disappear after 1-2 weeks from treatment, but if you complication from the shingle it may last for several month. ...Read more

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Rash (Definition)

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more