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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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Treating Shingles (Checklist)

Seek healthcare professional for treatment
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Prevent exposure to people without history of chicken pox
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Take ibuprofen or naproxen for pain and inflammation
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If prescribed anti-viral medication, take appropriately and completely
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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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Treating Shingles (Checklist)

Seek treatment immediately
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Wear loose clothing over lesions
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Keep lesions clean by washing daily
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Take antivirals as directed
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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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Treating Shingles (Checklist)

Seek help ASAP, ideally within 72 hours
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Avoid scratching the lesions
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If prescribed antivirals, don't skip doses.
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If 60 or older, consider getting shingles vaccine
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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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