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Does Shingles Always Blister
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
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
I keep getting blisters on the small of my back. I was told its not shingles because its not in the same area. It will come up different areas on back?
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 more
I have a mild case of shingles. God Meds right away I swim for exercise. Blisters never opened and are now crusting over. When can I swim again?
I have shingles and have had it for four days and it still jhasn't blistered or erupted---just itchy and painful Will it go away faster or not blister?
Shingles treatment: Assuming the diagnosis is correct, you should be on treatment, e.g. valacyclovir, which will speed healing. Even mild cases normally should be treated; a mild start can still go on to a fairly severe or prolonged course. With treatment, it should stop getting worse in a day or two and begin improving a couple days later. If not on treatment, contact your doctor ASAP. Good luck! ...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
When all scabs are g: When all scabs are gone. Most people already have the virus or immunity from a shot. You may transmit chicken pox to a susceptible person but shingles is not transmitted. People who might get chicken pox from you include those with weak immunity such as lymphoma, transplants, hiv. ...Read more
If pain continues: Your symptoms should begin to improve after the blisters crust and heal. You are no longer contagious. Pain that persists afterwards is called post-herpetic neuralgia and can become chronic. There are many treatment options if this happens. Discuss your susceptibility with a doctor if you get repeat outbreaks. ...Read more
I've had shingles for a month now. The blisters and rash is gone nut the paim is still intolerable. Any suggestions?
Is it normal for the skin where the shingles blister scabs once were to itch right after the scabs fall off? Does it mean blisters will reappear?
No: With shingles generally delusions blister then scab up then go away they do not blister a second time ...Read more
Is it possible that shingles can start on your finger? My son has blisters on his pointing finger. He has had shingles before. He's 24 years old.
Yes: Shingles can appear unilaterally anywhere. It is less likely to have when younger unless immunity is compromised. Related to chicken pox infection earlier in life. Due to multiple episodes and age, I think an md (perhaps an immunologist) exam is worth pursuing. ...Read more
1. Anti-virals- decrease length of symptoms
2. Anti-inflammatories can help with pain
3. Neuropathic pain meds: gabapentin, lyrica, (pregabalin) tcas... Can be very beneficial
4. Traditional pain meds
5. Epidural steroid injections may be needed if it is severe or you fail other therapies.
Hopefully you won't develop phn, post-herpetic neuralgia or chronic pain condition that comes after shingles. ...Read more
In a pattern: They are groups of painful blisters on a red base, in a linear distribution from one location on the back or neck, extending around the torso or neck (or face) to the body's midline in front. If there is more than one narrow band of blisters, or if the blisters extend past the midline either in front or in back, it's not shingles. ...Read more
Shingles contagious?: 32 F asks: Is shingles contagious when the rash appears but blisters have not formed yet? ANS: S is due to reactivation of virus from previous episode of chicken pox in you and is not contagious now but was first time. Discuss with your Dr as they know you best and you did not tell us if you have other health problems. Take pictures now and take with you. ...Read more
The doctor looked and diagnosed me with having shingles! Aren't shingles supposed to be blisters they test?
The scab from my blisters from shingles is not falling off. Should I be putting something like aquaphor to help it?
Scabs: Let the scabs fall off naturally otherwise you risk the possibility of infection. ...Read more
I have a blister type rash that the blisters are matalic in color it is across my whole chest not to one side like shingles please help?
Try domeboro: Soaks to dry up blisters, but I would recommend figuring out the cause of the blisters. (sun exposure, contact dermatitis, blistering disorder). See your derm when a blister is present and a biopsy can be done if necessary to determine what's going on. Doesn't sound like shingles but it isn't always on 1/2 of your body. ...Read more
I had shingles in oct 2012. The spots where the blisters were are still slightly raised and red. They no longer hurt or itch, is this normal?
Last 2010 I got my herpes zoster or shingles. Now I have painful vaginal blisters. Are these blisters associated with my shingles? I'm 4yrs married
Hard to know: I would recommend you see your GYN doctor for a physical and possible other testing if needed. ...Read more
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