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Can You Have Shingles Without Blisters
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
Herpes zoster: Usually within 24-48 hours from onset of symptoms. ...Read more
Shingles: Shingles-reactivation of chickenpox infection w/vzv virus. After chickenpox rash goes away, virus hides in nerve cells & is kept there by your immune system. At times of stress or health conditions that decrease immune system function, virus comes out along a path of 1 nerve as red patches & blisters. Blisters last about 1 wk, pain can last much longer. There are tx to help prevent or reduce pain. ...Read more
With shingles - is it normal to still have me blisters appearing on the 10th day? If so, when will they stop appearing?
Yes: Untreated shingles will evolve over about 4 to 5 weeks. Clusters of vessicles [small blisters] will appear for a couple of weeks, evolving through pustules, hemmorhagic spots, then scabs, leaving a band of pale scar. It will heal faster if specific oral therapy is started on first or second day and continued for 1 week. ...Read more
My shingles blisters are still here, after a month. I took antivirals-why won't they go away? What's wrong?
Skin damage: It is likely the infection has cleared with the anti-virals, but the damage to the skin can take months to heal. It's not unlike a burn - the skin has to regenerate and create new skin cells, and these areas can be extra sensitive for weeks to months. Think of it in terms of a broken bone - often takes 6-8 weeks to make that new bone after a fracture. Same for skin to heal. ...Read more
What should I apply on shingles blisters that have just burst? Should I cover the area with any banadaging?
Yes do that as....: Cool water compresses to any weeping blisters ~ 20 minutes several times will soothe and help dry the blisters, at which point stop the compresses. Applying petroleum jelly can aid healing. Keep the area clean with mild soap and water. Do not scratch. Wear loose clothing. ...Read more
I had my 2nd shingles bout 2 months ago. The blisters have cleared w marks left. Why is it painful again today? Is it coming back?
Post-herpetic neural: Sounds like you're describing post-herpetic neuralgia. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/postherpetic-neuralgia/basics/definition/con-20023743 then go see your Family Doc or General Internist about your concerns. There are several options to treat this pain. Also, while not approved until you turn 50yo, ask about off-label Zostavax vaccine (http://www.drugs.com/zostavax.html) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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