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Do You Always Get A Rash With Shingles
I was just diagnosed with shingles, I'm 19. I have had it for about three days now. I have to dime size rashes and one 2 quarter sized. The smaller one itches and the bigger one burn. How likely is it to get worse or sever. Am I more likely to have a mild
Hard to predict: See your doctor asap to start treatment if you have not already. The fastest way to resolution of symptoms is early treatment. ...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
Intraoral zoster is uncommon, but may produce a sharp unilateral distribution (trigeminal v3) of lesions. No intraoral prodromal symptoms occur. The lesion is very similar to herpes virus infections.
See your dentist for further investigation. ...Read more
Got rashes on one leg a week ago, doc said shingles n said my 2yr old son can get chickenpox but he didn't. Is it normal? Or can be wrong diagnosis??
Shingles: Your son probably has had his first chicken pox shot which will give him some good protection. Not touching or getting near your shingles helps him not get it as well. ...Read more
Have Shingles Feb.been getting sores in my head, face, mouth, pubic area, am on Valtrex (valacyclovir) rashes are itchy causing pain how do I get rid of shingles?
I'm planing to take l-arginine? I had a past symptom of herpes zoster? I heard taking l-argine can get herpes? I had once pimples, rashes in penis skin
See answer: There are 8 herpes virus types. Types most familiar to us: herpes simplex viruses (types 1 and 2) which can cause mouth cold sores and/or genital herpes; and varicella-zoster virus which causes chicken pox and shingles. Type-specific herpes blood test can help detect prior exposure to Types 1 and 2. L-Arginine, a common supplement, reportedly promotes replication of the herpes virus. Significant? ...Read more
I was diagnosed with shingles for weeks ago and i still have the rash on my body and it's still pain full. What can I do to get comfortable.
See your doctor:
I suspect you probably have developed a post herpetic neuralgia. The virus damages the neves in the area and you can have severe pain for months.
Usually the acute phase of the rash is like little blisters in clusters. If you still have blisters or are still breaking out you need to be seen soon. There are quite a few medications that may help. ...Read more
Yes: Some patients may present with just the pain and the rash comes later or not at all. Treatment is still the same. ...Read more
I get hives for no apparent reason. I was diagnosed with shingles last year. I have a similar rash again. What could it be?
Can you get shingles in the cranial ganglia and then have neuralgias in all the nerves? Would you show a rash in your face is it was the case?
Nope: Herpes zoster (shingles) can originate from any nerve, including a cranial nerve, causing an outbreak on the scalp, face, etc. Sometimes shingles is followed by ongoing pain due to post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) from the involved nerve. It does not cause neuralgia in any other nerves. Without a localized skin rash, shingles almost certainly isn't the cause of any symtoms you have. ...Read more
Just diagnosed with shingles, started on valtrex (valacyclovir). Will I continue to get more of a rash or will it stop it from new forming blisters/rash?
Can I send pic of rash on back Shingles?Also, recouping knee replacement.cause get it again? '88had shingles same area.sores in hair make neck. To do
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What causes sharp nerve pain around the left ear, head and jaw? I get quick shooting shocks every few seconds. No rash yet. 3 day 50 years ago I had shingles on my right side (belt are). Very painful. I am 75 years old, with polymyalgia. I take predi
My mom got shingles 8 days ago. I'm 18, never had chickenpox, but had the vaccine 2x. Can I get the virus? I had no direct contact w/ her blisters&rash
I get a red and painful rash on my left butt cheek with white water filled bumps during overly stressed periods of time it is warm to the touch uncomfortable could that be shingles?
Can you let me know is it normal to have the pain of shingles on areas where there are no rashes?
Shingles: Sometimes pain presents before the rash is apparent. ...Read more
If you had shingles a year ago and was treated, how likely it would come back. Would it show same symptoms. Rashes
Within 4-5 days: It should probably be within 4-5 days, maybe a little longer or shorter ...Read more
Varies: Based on the severity of the infection: figure 7-10 days. ...Read more
I have 3 red (bites/rashes) biggest, bigger and big on my rib cage. A dr said shingles but I think bug bites (bed bugs?). I found zero bugs in my bed.
Can sudden red rashes with severe deep pain on right side of the scalp, face and neck along with fever be anything else other than shingles?
Hard to say without: Photos, and more info, but time to visit your doctor and get assistance, and treatment, as if it is shingles, it can be a painful condition. See your doctor for definitive diagnosis. ...Read more
Have shingles and have been getting rashes on my leg, pubic area, face, mouth why would my doc want an HIV test, I am offended by this I have shingles?
You should be tested: Try not to be offended, your doc has your best interest in mind and is being complete in the work up. 'Shingles' usually appears in a dermatome (meaning that it only follows one single nerve distribution). If we see that it is in MORE than one distribution then we start to worry about other underlying problems because it is not the way that shingles usually presents. I would recommend the test. ...Read more
I have recurring skin rashes in different areas that appear like fever blisters or shingles and itch. I never had chicken pox. It lasts a couple wks.?
Doc diagnosed herpes (shingles) (red rashes on right scalp, cheek & neck with fever) but prescribed amoxicillin+clavulanate combi. Is this any good?
Viral infection: The medication you've bee prescribed is Not a customary treatment for herpes zoster infection. I generally prescribe Valtrex Or similar. You're treating MD may be treating you for a bacterial infection you've been diagnosed. Check with your doctor to have a clarification, or seek a second opinion. ...Read more
Sure, water is OK: The temperature is the key. Your skin will react to water if the temperature is too cold or too hot, which could lead to more pain and obvious discomfort. Room temperature water can help ease the painful, uncomfortable skin of shingles. Make sure to wash your towels after the use. Be well. ...Read more
I have herpes zoster, the doctor gave me the antiviral, and other medicines, what are the signs of the blisters and the rashes are getting better?
A week to 10 days: The rash should be completely dry in 7 to 10 days. If persists or new vessicles appear then it would be concerning. Sometimes they can start looking worse before they better. ...Read more
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