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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

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Herpes zoster is also known as Shingles. Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...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 ?

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: 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 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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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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Should my husband get the shingles vaccine if he already had a mild case a few years ago? Any risks?

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

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