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Is it possible for you to get a shingles rash without blisters?

Is it possible for you to get a shingles rash without blisters?

Yes: Some patients may present with just the pain and the rash comes later or not at all. Treatment is still the same. ...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


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Can my 7 month old baby get chickenpox from someone if they have shingles but the blisters haven't broken the skin and they r on medication?

Can my 7 month old baby get chickenpox from someone if they have shingles but the blisters haven't broken the skin and they r on medication?

They are contagious: Until all those blisters are crusted over and there are no new ones. Their medication does not protect your baby. ...Read more

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Just diagnosed with shingles, started on valtrex (valacyclovir) . Will I continue to get more of a rash or will it stop it from new forming blisters/rash?

Just diagnosed with shingles, started on valtrex (valacyclovir) . Will I continue to get more of a rash or will it stop it from new forming blisters/rash?

Shingles: Valtrex (valacyclovir) will shorten the course of shingles if started within the first 24-48 hours of the disease. You may get more of the rash initially but will get less than if you were not treated. Good luck ...Read more

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Can I get shingles on an arm and leg same side?...one week apart?...painful, blisters, and itching is awful...diagnosed left arm was shingles,....

Can I get shingles on an arm and leg same side?...one week apart?...painful, blisters, and itching is awful...diagnosed left arm was shingles,....

See a dermatologist: Very unlikely [not impossible] to have shingles in 2 different nerves. Severe itch is not a feature of shingles. Call a dermatologist and indicate that it is urgent. If you fail to get an immediate appointment, insist that your PCP call and demand it. ...Read more

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My mom got shingles 8 days ago.I'm 18, never had chickenpox, but had the vaccine 2x. Can I get the virus? I had no direct contact w/ her blisters&rash

My mom got shingles 8 days ago.I'm 18, never had chickenpox, but had the vaccine 2x. Can I get the virus? I had no direct contact w/ her blisters&rash

I wouldn't worry: The 2 doses of vaccine places you in the 95% range of having immunity to CPX. The shingles also differs from regular CPX by not passing in the air if you were in the room with her.To be exposed, a vulnerable person would need direct contact to debris from the wounds. ...Read more

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What happens when shingles blisters pop?

What happens when shingles blisters pop?

They'll crust over: If the shingles area is kept clean, then the the popped blisters will crust over, and the itching, burning sensation will slowly diminish, especially if an antiviral agent such as valacyclovir is used early in therapy. ...Read more

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Would it be safe for me to pop shingles blisters?

Would it be safe for me to pop shingles blisters?

No: Leave the blisters alone. By popping those you are more likely to get the raw area infected. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the full shingles blisters to appear?

How long does it take for the full shingles blisters to appear?

Herpes zoster: Usually within 24-48 hours from onset of symptoms. ...Read more

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Blistering (Definition)

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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