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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)

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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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.

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.

See below: 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. ...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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Can you have shingles and it not be painful? Just mild itch. They are on back behind shoulder

Can you have shingles and it not be painful? Just mild itch. They are on back behind shoulder

Yes: 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. ...Read more

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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?

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?

2-3 weeks: Shingles pain last a few weeks after the antiviral treatment. If it continues beyond a month, your doctor may think about an associated complication called Postherpatic neuralgia or PHN, for which other medication may need to be prescribed. ...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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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.

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 more

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Hi, I'm on day 8 of a shingles outbreak on C2. Antivirals started immediately. Mild headaches & paresthesia persist for how long?

10-14 days: Symptoms of shingles outbreak may last anywhere between 10 -14 days. The earlier the medical treatment is started the better these get resolved. ...Read more

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Rash comes/ goes & migrated from neck, back, thighs--small red sometimes itchy dots, scabs eventually--mild shingles possible 1yr after shingles shot?

Rash: Unlikely shingles as it follows one nerve area of distribution and usually one sided. Consider exposure to something such as soap etc. Also certain viruses can cause rashes. Certain infections can causes rashes. If fever or feeling sick see your doctor. ...Read more

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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...: 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. ...Read more

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Prescribed Prednisone & Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Shingles. Shgles, so far, seems ro be mild, but Prednisone (10 mg, 1st dose this morning) has made me tired. Normal?

Prescribed Prednisone & Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Shingles. Shgles, so far, seems ro be mild, but Prednisone (10 mg, 1st dose this morning) has made me tired. Normal?

PREDNISONE TIRED?: SOMEHOW, I BELIEVE IT MAY BE THE SHINGLES THAT IS MAKING YOU TIRED!
CHECK WITH THE DOCTOR WHO IS TREATING YOU.
BEST LUCK. . . ...Read more

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Two days ago I was vaccinated for flu, shingles, and tetanus. Tonight & last night I experienced mild fever & body aches, but only in the evening.

Two days ago I was vaccinated for flu, shingles, and tetanus. Tonight & last night I experienced mild fever & body aches, but only in the evening.

Immune system: Three vaccines at one time are a significant stimulus to the immune system. That's exactly what you want - to train the immune system to fend off any attack from these germs. A little bit of fever and body ache could be expected. If symptoms are not improving now, or God forbid worsening, you'll need to let the doc who gave the shots know that. You could take some Tylenol in the meantime. ...Read more

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Female 35. 1.5x2.5" red rash spinal area above tailbone. Mild pain, light blistering. Would suspect shingles if it was in any other location. Thoughts?

Blisters: If the eruption is only on one side of the spine, shingles is a definite possibility. If the eruptions are on both sides or in the middle other herpes infection is possibility. Since these are all treatable, I recommend that you be examined by your physician or dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have been taking antibiotics for a UTI and also Valtrex (valacyclovir) for mild shingles and now I'm having a hard time urinating? No pain just forcing it to flow?

I have been taking antibiotics for a UTI and also Valtrex (valacyclovir) for mild shingles and now I'm having a hard time urinating? No pain just forcing it to flow?

HSV not shingles?: If your apparent shingles involves the genital area or nearby, it is likely you have primary genital herpes instead. Shingles is rare at age 18 but herpes is common; the rash is very similar for both; genital HSV can cause UTI symptoms; and it can cause temporary bladder weakness or paralysis that interferes with urination. The rash should tested for HSV. Recheck with your doctor ASAP. Good luck! ...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