can you have a mild case of shingles

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

Look for a rash

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

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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.
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Dr. Alvin B. Lin answered:

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 ?

Herpes Zoster

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

Not necessarily

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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.
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Mild case of shingles on scalp I'm in a wedding in a few days. Shingles are scabbed over. Can I highlight my hair still ?

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Dr. Tracy Lovell answered:

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.

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either you are going to soon break with shingles or you have thoracic radiculopathy( pinched nerve off your thoracic spine)---see your doctor for further evaluation
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Can you have Shingles and it not be painful? Just mild itch. They are on back behind shoulder

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You can have shingles that aren't painful and only itch. Shingles looks like a cluster of red spots that can occur in any dermatome, a line following the nerves in the body. They do not cross to the other side of the body, can break open and then crust over.
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I had mild case of chicken pox when young- had shingles when I was in HS. If I come in contact with someone now at age 40 am I more susceptible tothem?

You are already...

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But you won't "catch" the virus from contact.....When you had chicken pox in HS, it was caused by the Zaricella virus.It is the same virus that causes shingles. The virus stays in your system forever, but may or may not reappear as shingles as you get older. You won't "catch" the virus now since you already have it, even if you come into contact with someone with oozing chickenpox or shingles.
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Dr. Mary B. Engrav answered:

I'm pregnant, and this morning I awoke with "fever blisters" on my chin. Is this shingles, and will this hurt my baby? I had a case of very mild shingles at age nine, and this feels the same. Burning, and needle like pain.

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Shingles rarely can re-activate. Other sources of "fever blisters" are also a possibility. The best advice would be contacting the Obstetrician and reviewing the symptoms and rash so that the appropriate treatment can be given.
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How can I see a doctor with no money? I am a 29 year old male. In 2009 I had a outbreak of shingles that covered the right side of my face from my nose up to my hairline. In 2010 I had a second outbreak. I have mild discomfort after the first outbreak, an

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