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Can I have scarring from a case of shingles I had last year.?

Can I have scarring from a case of shingles I had last year.?

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 more

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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


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I have scarring on the cornea of my eye from a case of shingles I had last year. Any cure for it?

I have scarring on the cornea of my eye from a case of shingles I had last year.  Any cure for it?

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 more

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Pink scar-like "splotches" spreading on stomach years after having shingles? What could it be?

Rash: It is hard to say without looking at it, probably nothing to do with the shingles. It could be rash, may be an inflammation on the skin or some form of dermatitis. ...Read more

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Can shingles leave permanent scar?

Yes: It is not usual but yes, any rash could potentially leave a scar or discoloration. ...Read more

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What's the expert opinion, could the shingles scars eventually wear off?

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

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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.

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

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


Dr. John Mancoll
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Cicatrix (Definition)

A cicatrix is a scar. Scars normally form after any wound to the body's tissues, but abnormally thick or large scars on the ...Read more