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Can the shingles shot cause a swelling to the injected area?

Can the shingles shot cause a swelling to the injected area?

Yes possible: Any injection can cause a local swelling or irritation in the area of injection. This should resolve in a few days at the most. If still of concern, seek advice from your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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If I scratch shingles and then touch my mouth, could it cause severe tongue swelling?

No: By definition, if it is shingles it is a viral outbreak in someone who has had the disease before and their immunity has slightly lapsed. If it is shingles, there is no risk of generalized viral outbreak all over UNLESS it isn't YOUR shingles but you're taking viral exudate from someone else's lesions. In which case you have several severe problems. ...Read more

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Could shingles cause swelling on one side of face and temporary loss of vision without a rash?

Yes: This is caused a "prodromal effect" where the symptoms occur before the rash. Please go see your eye doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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Could shingles cause swelling of scrotum and penis sheath. The rash is all through the area. What to do about it?

Yes: It certainly can cause swelling, pain and rash. Antivirals, pain medications and perhaps steroids can help. See your doctor right away as their is a short time window to get antivirals started. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can you put on shingles to make the swelling diminish?

Please tell me what can you put on shingles to make the swelling diminish?

Oral medications: Oral medications like Famvir or Valtrex (valacyclovir) to try to shut down the virus are the best treatments. As for the swelling of the rash, that is helped by the oral medications. ...Read more

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Swelling in the face associated with shingles? What to do? How to get rid of swelling?

Swelling in the face associated with shingles? What to do? How to get rid of swelling?

It will get better: Shingles will heal on its own with/out treatment. Early treatment can result in faster healing/less swelling. 2-3 wks is the typical course of shingle attack without early treatment. Some may have persistent/prolonged postherpetic neuralgia (nerve pain), but swelling will pretty much always resolve completely. Sleep in recliner may lessen swelling a bit. Consult doc for treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've been on an antibiotic for 1 week. How long till the shingles disappear and swelling in lymph node gone?

Will take: It will take several weeks and it really has to do with other problems that may occur with the shingles. ...Read more

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Just had shingles on wrist, finished anti-vitals, now have swelling of wrist/hand. Why?

Just had shingles on wrist, finished anti-vitals, now have swelling of wrist/hand. Why?

May be reaction: of any steroids you may have been given, but it is common to have swelling for days after the initial infection. Watch it subside over the next few days. You may have residual pain to, called post-herpetic neuralgia, from the shingles for weeks or months. And thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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