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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 shingles contagus i work with mental handicap people and one of them has it but the spots are dry i had chicken poks and how does one get them?

Shingles: Varicella zoster or shingles is caused by a reactivation of the chicken pox virus causing a breakout on the skin in a dermatomal distribution. The chicken pox virus is present in the fluid inside the shingles blisters. This could cause chicken pox infection in someone who has not had it before. You cannot catch the shingles from someone but should take universal precautions anyway. ...Read more

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I think I have shingles again, pain is the same, rash is coming out as one spot at a time.On my neck, face and hair. Is this possible? Headache x 10+

I think I have shingles again, pain is the same, rash is coming out as one spot at a time.On my neck, face and hair. Is this possible? Headache x 10+

Get to the Doctor: Yes. If you did not take the shingles vaccine after your last episode, it is very possible to get another shingles episode. Please get to the doctor so you can be properly diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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Have shingles - can you get it on the top of your vagina I have a few itchy, painful spots is there a home remedy terrified to undress in doc office?

Have shingles - can you get it on the top of your vagina  I have a few itchy, painful spots is there a home remedy terrified to undress in doc office?

Maybe not shingles: You assume it's shingles. Some diseases resemble that. It would be rare to have shingle in a limited pubic area. You can take a friend or relative to be with you in the exam room when you see the doctor to make it less frightening for you. There is no home remedy for an I diagnosed disorder. ...Read more

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Shingles left side stomach around to my back around shoulder blade.now a few spots around nose on right side not pimples.though was one sided?

Question unclear: I doubt there is any link between the nose & your shingles.That is a regional problem that follows a nerve distribution along its path. It can extend from the midline in the back to the midline in front one one side.If you have spots on your nose it is likely a minor staph/strep infection. ...Read more

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I have a recuring shingles at the same spot. Pain goes and comes with OTC drugs. On now for 3 weeks. Will it ever go away completely. Am 60 yrs.

Shingles: We may need a second question or response here. Do you not have prescription medication to calm the shingles down and to let healing occur? Have you not gotten the shingles vaccine yet? If the answer is no to either or both of those questions that is what is paramount about your next moves. ...Read more

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The spot where my shingles was is still red. Anything I can do to reduce the redness of the skin?

The spot where my shingles was is still red.  Anything I can do to reduce the redness of the skin?

Leave it alone: If it is not painful, be thankful. Leave it alone and let nature take its course. Any intervention is only likely to make it worse. ...Read more

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Can shingles start as just on small red spot on the waist? No pain there at all.

Can shingles start as just on small red spot on the waist? No pain there at all.

Less likely: The blistering shingles rash usually appears as a band around one side of your waist area to your back, although it can occur anywhere on your body. You will likely feel a burning sensation or pain in the area before the rash appears. Shingles is less likly without pain. ...Read more

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Symptoms of shingles. Are they blisters on red spot?

In a pattern: They are groups of painful blisters on a red base, in a linear distribution from one location on the back or neck, extending around the torso or neck (or face) to the body's midline in front. If there is more than one narrow band of blisters, or if the blisters extend past the midline either in front or in back, it's not shingles. ...Read more

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Have a painful red welt on my bottom in the same spot where i had shingles a few years ago. Also have history of mrsa. Watch how long be4 making an appt?

Have a painful red welt on my bottom in the same spot where i had shingles a few years ago. Also have history of mrsa.  Watch how long be4 making an appt?

Abscess: You need to make an appointment asap. The abscess needs to be incised and drained. The contents of the abscess should be sent for culture and sensitivity and you may be placed on an antibiotic. ...Read more

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have small white looking bumps between, slightly to the left of my breast. I had shingles 4 yrs ago insame spot but it wrapped to back. Is this same?

Skin bumps: Because I do not know other symptoms you may have at the same time of the rash, or how these bumps appear.... it is best for you to arrange a physician evaluation. A physical exam is standard and will give a better context for what may be bothering your skin. Good luck. ...Read more

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My mum had shingles nearly a year ago, yesterday I saw my mums right eye swollen with a spot on it it is itching underneath her eye is puffy?

My mum had shingles nearly a year ago, yesterday I saw my mums right eye swollen with a spot on it it is itching underneath her eye is puffy?

Swollen eye: Shingles is not an issue for now. You must have your Mum see an Eye specialist. May not be an easy management, but Eye doctors are very good at what they do and accomplish! PS: I have been wearing glasses since age 6. I am now 72 and seeing well with only my left eye. Seems to work OK. ...Read more

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67yr recouping knee replacement and have shingles? Had around1988? On same spot now. Anything worry about.?way send u pic. Note sores in my hair nape2

67yr recouping knee replacement and have shingles? Had around1988? On same spot now. Anything worry about.?way send u pic. Note sores in my hair nape2

See your Dr: Your Dr can provide treatment that will lessen and shorten the shingles symptoms. With recent surgery, your body is working very hard to heal and any additional demands on your immune system or pain tolerance are too many. Make an appt ASAP or go to urgent care or even an ER. Shingles Tx works best if early! ...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