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Can you get shingles on both sides of your buttocks at the same time?

Can you get shingles on both sides of your buttocks at the same time?

Absolutely, but very: Rare. Shingles is essentially always expressed along distribution of peripheral nerve fibers, dermatomes, on one side. It is extremely rare (reasons unknown) to express on both sides, in the same or very similar distribution. If the distribution does not follow dermatome pattern, then also very inconsistent with Shingles. Thus, what you are concerned about is unlikely to be Shingles. ...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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Is it possible to get shingles on both sides of your body?

Is it possible to get shingles on both sides of your body?

Not likely.: Shingles is nearly always limited to one side of the body. In a person with an abnormal immune system the disease could be disseminated. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to have shingles break out on both sides of the body at the same time?

Is it possible for you to have shingles break out on both sides of the body at the same time?

Yes it is possible: Shingles virus follows a dermatomal pattern and when found on both sides of the body it is many times around the abdomen/chest area or thoracic back area. Another midline bilateral area it can be found is on the face. ...Read more

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I have a rash I believe to be shingles based on the look & symptoms. 1 Dr said since I have it on both sides, it can't be. What is actually true?

I have a rash I believe to be shingles based on the look & symptoms. 1 Dr said since I have it on both sides, it can't be. What is actually true?

Your doctor is right: It is very rare to have herpes zoster (shingles) on both sides of the body. Almost certainly your rash is something else. See your doctor in person and take it from there. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm covered with a rash that looks a lot like shingles, covering both sides. Scabby and weeping. It isn't in a specific location either. What is it?

I'm covered with a rash that looks a lot like shingles, covering both sides. Scabby and weeping. It isn't in a specific location either. What is it?

Skin infection?: Sounds like "impetigo" or another kind of skin infection. No one can diagnose a skin problem over the internet. See a doctor; you probably need antibiotics. ...Read more

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I got shingles on both sides of my body from the waist down front and back. I am still dealing with numbness, tingling waist down a year later. Help?

I got shingles on both sides of my body from the waist down front and back. I am still dealing with numbness, tingling waist down a year later. Help?

Sorry some meds help: It sounds like you have a condition called post-herpetic neuralgia — the nerves where the shingles hid are still sensitive. It can continue to do so in some people up to 2 years from the incident. There are several meds in the market for it — check with your doc — they are designed to decrease firing of these nerves. They do eventually go back to normal. ...Read more

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In horrible pain. Is it possible to have shingles w/o rash on both sides of body? Dr says no. Skin numb/piainful. Hurts to move. Want blood test.

In horrible pain. Is it possible to have shingles w/o rash on both sides of body? Dr says no. Skin numb/piainful. Hurts to move. Want blood test.

Get checked up: Shingles causes a painful rash which may appear as a stripe of blisters on the trunk of the body. It is possible for pain to persist even after the rash is gone. This is called postherpetic neuralgia. But more of a history and exam are needed. A full work up with blood tests is a good idea. I suggest going to a clinic to get examined. ...Read more

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41 years old. Shingles for 3rd time in less than 2 years. Always on both sides. Sick of meds. Don't seem to work. Feet and legs are covered this time. Last time was face and shoulders. Time before was feet and belly and back.

41 years old. Shingles for 3rd time in less than 2 years. Always on both sides. Sick of meds. Don't seem to work. Feet and legs are covered this time. Last time was face and shoulders. Time before was feet and belly and back.

Doubt shingles: First, confirm the diagnosis. Very atypical story for shingles for several reasons (recurrent; both sides; multiple locations; non-response to anti-herpes meds). Probably not shingles this time. See a doctor ASAP, the sooner the better for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. If recurrent shingles is confirmed, you'll need evaluation for possible serious underlying health problem. Good luck ...Read more

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How long does the shingles last on side?

See below: Herpes zoster usually clears up in 2 to 3 weeks and rarely returns. If the virus affects the nerves that control movement (the motor nerves), you may have temporary or permanent weakness or paralysis.

Sometimes, the pain in the area where the shingles occurred may last from months to years. This pain is called postherpetic neuralgia. ...Read more

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Shingles on both side of the body at the same time, what could be wrong?

Shingles on both side of the body at the same time, what could be wrong?

Shingles: Shingles in more than one are of the body can just be "dumb luck" or it can be the sign of a problem with the immune system. Only your doctor can answer that question for sure. You need to be examined. ...Read more

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I had shingles from months ago on the left side, could it come again but on right side?

I had shingles from months ago on the left side, could it come again but on right side?

It's possible to: Recur in other parts of the body. Consider getting a shingles vaccine (if u haven't had one) to minimize the severity of nerve pain. Take care! ...Read more

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Hello... Can you get shingles in side you instead of on the outside of your skin?

Hello... Can you get shingles in side you instead of on the outside of your skin?

Yes and no: It is possible to have shingles in the mouth and that's about as inside as you will see with this disorder. The shingles form along a nerve root and create a lesion along that specific nerve. It presents as a red painful rash that does not cross to the other side of your body trunk and chest are common areas. ...Read more

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Hi I have shingles on my left side of the neck. Was wondering if I can cover them with a white non sticky bandage so I don't spread it?

Try MIC fish oil: Shingles is the proximate result of HHV 4 infection. The only remedy that tends to have a positive effect is MIC fish oil from MIC International. Have your doctor put you on an appropriate detoxification protocol to get rid of the virus. ...Read more

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Are there side effects to shingles vacines.

Not really: You can develop skin irritation at the injection site but there are not any serious problems found with the vaccine. ...Read more

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Left side of face tingling shingles?

Not sure...: I am sorry to say this is just not enough information to determine if it is or not shingles. Just tingling could be a number of things, including early shingles, but it does not mean it is shingles. It could be so many things that we would need more for the diagnosis. I am sorry I cannot be of more help on this specific question. If you have a history of shingles, would suggest it more. ...Read more

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How do they test for shingles on your side?

Dx by H&Ps: The fact is, the variable pain, pattern & symptoms are so classic for shingles, few physicians outside of a dermatology office or research center would bother to test. Identification of the microscopic pattern of a scraping is possible. ...Read more

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Does a rash from shingles for sure only stay on one side of the body at a time?

Usually: Shingles is reactivated chickenpox virus. You don't catch it some other person. It is from the chicken virus that infected you years ago when you were just a whippersnapper. For some reason it seems to confine itself to only one dermatome. I always find it truly awesome (not Valley-speak awesome) to trace the distribution of an outbreak on a person's skin and the textbook dermatome map. ...Read more

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I have shingles on my right side of my bottom and now have an infection how long will it all take to clear up?

2weeks: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. Sometimes patients will have chronic pain or unusual sensations for months afterwards. ...Read more

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I've had 2 shingles breakouts on my right side, can I have a breakout on my left side? Is that normal with more than 1 breakout?

No: Multiple outbreaks of shingles are not common. See this site for more info.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/shingles/basics/definition/con-20019574 ...Read more

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Had shingles before. Started w/ sensitive skin. Have same feeling on side of face. Anyway to detect/stop them before progessing?

Had shingles before.  Started w/ sensitive skin.  Have same feeling on side of face.  Anyway to detect/stop them before progessing?

Yes: See your doctor asap and get on a medication to stop it before a full outbreak especially since it is on the face. ...Read more

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I have a rash on the right side of my back. It is painful and looks similar to shingles. How do I know if I have shingles? I am 60 yrs. Old and have n

One side of the body: If the rash is confined to one side of the body and does not cross the mid-line either on the back or on the front, it is likely to be shingles. It would be prudent to see a doctor to prevent the development of a chronically painful condition. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with shingles on my left side but now it has spread to my chest and neck. Is it suppose to do this? How do I keep it from spre

I have been diagnosed with shingles on my left side but now it has spread to my chest and neck.  Is it suppose to do this?  How do I keep it from spre

Shingles: What you describe is unusual behaviour for shingles, which typically only affects a limited area of the body at one time. You may have something else going on, so it would be best for you to follow up with your doctor. If it really is shingles your doctor may advise further investigations. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w/ shingles a few months ago i have had 4 more since then all n the same local on my left outter thigh Now I have 2 1 on each side Plz help?

Doubt shingles, HSV?: Shingles almost never recurs so often, especially at your age and if good health otherwise. Have you ever had genital herpes? Recurrent HSV2 can look exactly like mild shingles and can recur on the thigh. OTOH, HSV outbreaks almost always are one side only. See your doctor ASAP while outbreak is fresh and ask about viral testing from the outbreak for both HSV and shingles, plus an HSV blood test. ...Read more

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I am having pack pain in my ribs on the left side. I had a small case of shingles a little over a month ago. Can this still be from that?

It's possible: If you had shingles in the same area where you are experiencing rib pain — it is possible that you have a case of post-herpetic neuralgia, a type of nerve pain caused by damage to the nerve from the varicella zoster virus which causes shingles.

See your doctor — there are special medications that can ease any moderate to severe pain from nerve damage due to shingles (neurontin vs Lyrica (pregabalin) vs elavil. ...Read more

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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