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How to tell if I have a mild case of shingles?

How to tell if I 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)

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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How to tell if i possibly have a mild case of shingles?

How to tell if i possibly have a mild case of shingles?

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

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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) ?

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) ?

Herpes Zoster: Famvir (famciclovir) is approved for treating herpes zoster (shingles). Whether you take it or not is best addressed w/your doc. However, if you don't take it, you run a greater risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is very painful. ...Read more

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I think I have a mild case of the shingles?

I think I have a mild case of the shingles?

Thank you: Thank you for letting us know. Usually patients bring us questions to answer. ...Read more

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I had a mild case of shingles two years ago. Should I get shingles vaccinations?

I had a mild case of shingles two years ago. Should I get shingles vaccinations?

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 more

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I had an extremely mild case of chickenpox as a child. Could i get a mild case of shingles?

I had an extremely mild case of chickenpox as a child. Could i get a mild case of shingles?

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 more

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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?

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

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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