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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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Can a person get shingles in the mouth but not have any rashes on the skin?

Can a person get shingles in the mouth but not have any rashes on the skin?

Possible: 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

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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??

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

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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?

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?

Change antiviral?: You cannot get rid of the virus that causes chicken pox and also shingles — varicella zoster. Would be odd, but not impossible, to have shingles on face and pubic area. May be another virus. Liquid from oozing lesions can be tested to see what virus it is. ...Read more

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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

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

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Are there people who get shingles without a rash?

Are there people who get shingles without a rash?

Shingles: I have seen many cases of shingles. Some times the rash is more prominent than others. But I have never seen a case without some form of rash. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Is it possible for you to get a shingles rash without blisters?

Is it possible for you to get a shingles rash without blisters?

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

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I get hives for no apparent reason. I was diagnosed with shingles last year. I have a similar rash again. What could it be?

I get hives for no apparent reason. I was diagnosed with shingles last year. I have a similar rash again. What could it be?

Hives: Some people are predisposed to urticaria. You should see an allergist for further testing to see if your thyroid or an autoimmune process is playing a role. Use non-sedating oral antihistamines in higher doses to control the hives until an answer can be found. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Shingles: Valtrex (valacyclovir) will shorten the course of shingles if started within the first 24-48 hours of the disease. You may get more of the rash initially but will get less than if you were not treated. Good luck ...Read more

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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

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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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 wouldn't worry: The 2 doses of vaccine places you in the 95% range of having immunity to CPX. The shingles also differs from regular CPX by not passing in the air if you were in the room with her. To be exposed, a vulnerable person would need direct contact to debris from the wounds. ...Read more

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If you had shingles a year ago and was treated, how likely it would come back. Would it show same symptoms. Rashes …?

If you had shingles a year ago and was treated, how likely it would come back. Would it show same symptoms. Rashes …?

Rarely: Rarely, shingles can recur and do not have to be in the same spot. The pain and burning precede the rash, and follow a nerve distribution. It can occur anywhere. ...Read more

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Rashes on my lower buttocks somewhat like a shingle, but i never had a chickenpox before. Help?

Rashes on my lower buttocks somewhat like a shingle, but i never had a chickenpox before. Help?

See your doctor: It could be another herpes virus, herpes simplex or another type of rash. See a doctor to get a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Probably are bites.: I couldn't be sure because I haven't taken a History and Physical on you but your description favors bug bites if there are no blisters and if they do not follow a nerve dermatone pattern. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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Doc diagnosed herpes (shingles) (red rashes on right scalp, cheek & neck with fever) but prescribed amoxicillin+clavulanate combi. Is this any good?

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

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Could water be applied to rashes of herpes zoster?

Could water be applied to rashes of herpes zoster?

Yes: Just be gentile water will not harm the rash but it is very painful.
It is nerve pain so what may seem to be an innocuous thing could be very painful to the sufferer. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, can water be applied to rashes of herpes zoster for washing?

Hello doctors, can water be applied to rashes of herpes zoster for washing?

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

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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?

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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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...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