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Scarring And Shingles
Yes, scars can occur: Shingles can cause lesions in a dermatonal distributuion, i.e. Along a nerve root. These vesicles can scar. To decrease the risk of poor scars, one should take a course of an antiviral agent (e.g. Zovirax) and a 6 day Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack as well as topicals. It is extremely important not to scratch the lesions. For 6 monthes avoid the sun on the scars, use vit e or aloe or Mederma 2 times a day. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)
Shingles is 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
My daughter had a rough year last year with shingles and mono and was diagnosed a few weeks ago with a throat virus. It left scars on her throat that are irritated and show up with drainage. She now has problems with hoarseness and says it hurts to sing.
Probably: The cornea is notoriously poor at getting rid of scar tissue. The scarring creates opacities that disturb the vision, sometimes to a significant degree. If superficial, it can sometimes be modified by a laser treatment but most are deep enough that a corneal transplantation is the better option. Check in with your corneal specialist to have this sorted out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 change the stress on the tissues. A scar forms as a result and may have many different appearances and colors. Any dark coloration may fade over time but the tissues never are the same and so some scarring will always be there. ...Read more
I had Shingles (Herpes Zoster) 6 months ago but the scars are still there on my face. How can I get rid of the scars? Please help.
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 may take up to a year for the scars to fully mature. See a plastic surgeon to begin your search for an appropriate course of action. Good luck! ...Read more
My shingles are starting to scab i think, how long until they have scabbed and drop off? Also will they scar? How do I prevent scarring?
Was diagnosed with shingles on my face yesterday, noticed new blisters on day 7, is this common? They seem less severe.
Best method to prevent scars?
I have scars across my shoulder and upper chest from shingles blusters. Will Mederma or cocoa butter help fade them? Thank you.
May not fade complet: It may not fade completely ever.Get a more detailed answer ›
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