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Can You Have A Mild Case Of Shingles
Look for a rash: Initially, shingles only produces pain. However, within a few days of the onset of pain, you should see a red rash with blisters that is confined to one side of the body in a stripe. If you don't see a rash, you probably don't have 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
Examination: Shingle most often starts out with pain in a dermatomal or nerve distribution. The rash comes after the pain and can blister and then scab. It is almost always on one side of the body. This is the classic form of shingles. Some people feel that mild cases may not show all the classic rash symptoms and just the pain. It is much harder to diagnose this as shingles. See your medical provider. Read more
Doctor says I have a mild case of shingles. Pain on saturday then diagnosis on thursday with2 (now 3) bumps on left side. Would I be ok w/o famvir (famciclovir)?
No: Recent zoster is more effective than the shot. Shingles may occur a second time but this is uncommon. Consider getting a shot in about 15 years. There may be something better then. Shingles can occur at any age, but in normal people people it becomes common after age 60. The shot cuts the risk in half. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily: The presence of fewer blisters during chickenpox in childhood does not predict the degree of your shingles should it happen. The prior infection means you have the virus in your system in hibernation. You can certainly have shingles at some point. When or if you develop shingles, the intensity of the outbreak will depend or your health factors at the time. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have a really mild case of shingles. 21 male. Scared of rare complication of system wide/brain infection. How rare is this? And is it fatal?
Immune compromised 36 yo female. Had very mild case of shingles in past. Have shingles-like pain again, but no rash. This time pain is under right armpit and shoulder area.
After full exam doctor diagnosed mild case of shingles on lower back. I'm still paranoid it was misdiagnosed and is herpes simplex - should I be?
Shingles: Shingles is part of herpes family of viruses so you don't need to be paranoid. You actually do have herpes. Herpes Zoster, specifically. The term Symplex really prefers to type one which is found in the mouth and type two which is found in the genitalia. However, these viruses are all essentially related and affect different parts of the body. Read more
Unlikely: As they dry up they are unlikely to be infectious. Read more
Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. Read more
How long should I expect pain from shingles to last after finishing antivirals? I believe my rash was mild. How long should I wait to see my Dr?
Should my husband get the shingles vaccine if he already had a mild case a few years ago? Any risks?
As of 2011: There was a study to assess this but it was not yet clear how effective it was. It did no harm - si it's not a bad idea - but just how protective it would be was not clear. By now it might be. Ask your provider to check into it for you or just do it. Second recurrences are certainly not a pleasant prospect and they are possible. Discuss w/ Dr. Best! Read more
I was just diagnosed with shingles, I'm 19. I have had it for about three days now. I have to dime size rashes and one 2 quarter sized. The smaller one itches and the bigger one burn. How likely is it to get worse or sever. Am I more likely to have a mild
I am 37 years old and had shingles in august. It was a mild case and I was treated with an antiviral med. For the past couple of days, I have felt fitigued and achy all over. This morning, I notice I small pimple in the same spot as my shingles accrued l
Possible: Do you have a reason why you are susceptible to shingles? This could be related and the first sign of another shingles outbreak. Read more
What does oral shingles versus oral cancer look like? I'm getting over a mild to moderate case of shingles on right side of my abdomen.
Shingles/COPD/diabet: Oral shingles may look like cold sores of the mouth, but cancer of the mouth usually starts as tumor (varies in size from lentil to a bean size) that may ulcerate later. Shingles improve in few days and may take a week or two to heal. Oral cancer does not heal. Shingles usually multiple small superficial sores but oral cancer usually single and deep Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mild intermittent nerve sensations in outer thighs. Healthy 29 year old female. 11 month old baby. Weak knees. Had shingles 5 years ago.
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