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What happens when shingles blisters pop?

What happens when shingles blisters pop?

They'll crust over: If the shingles area is kept clean, then the the popped blisters will crust over, and the itching, burning sensation will slowly diminish, especially if an antiviral agent such as valacyclovir is used early in therapy. ...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


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Would it be safe for me to pop shingles blisters?

Would it be safe for me to pop shingles blisters?

No: Leave the blisters alone. By popping those you are more likely to get the raw area infected. ...Read more

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I am experiencing rash on my side shingles. When do the blisters pop and itching stop?

I am experiencing rash on my side shingles. When do the blisters pop and itching stop?

See a dermatologist: "Shingles", herpes zoster, is primarily painful, not itchy. The vesicles are small and become pussy after a day or 2, then scabs in another day or 2. You probably have something else and should go get diagnosed. ...Read more

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Got shingles on March 17 & small rash. No blisters just red bumps. Didn't pop or pick scabs but bumps won't go away. Redness gone but not bumps. Scars?

Got shingles on March 17 & small rash. No blisters just red bumps. Didn't pop or pick scabs but bumps won't go away. Redness gone but not bumps. Scars?

Question diagnosis: Did you diagnose yourself or did a doctor make the diagnosis? In any case, it is time to consult a doctor as it is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you. ...Read more

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Red blisters itchy and spread painful needle like pain when they pop up. A family member 39 has shingles but dr says no, on my hands/arms age 33?

Prob not shingles: Your doctor probably is correct that this isn't shingles. "Hands and arms" (plural) suggests this rash is on both sides of your body, which doesn't happen with shingles. Continue working with your doctor; or see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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My shingles blisters are still here, after a month. I took antivirals-why won't they go away? What's wrong?

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

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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?

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

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How long does it take for the full shingles blisters to appear?

How long does it take for the full shingles blisters to appear?

Herpes zoster: Usually within 24-48 hours from onset of symptoms. ...Read more

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How did I contract shingles and how long will the blisters pain last?

How did I contract shingles and how long will the blisters pain last?

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

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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

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When I am no longer contagious with shingles if I haven't had blisters?

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

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Do shingles blister always burst?

Do shingles blister always burst?

No: Vesicles in shingles (varicella zoster) often resorb on their own. They may burst, usually self-induced due to the severe itching. Earlt treatment is crucial, because after the reash and vesicles disappear, you can be left with post -herpetic neuralgia. ...Read more

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Can I use baking soda to dry up the blisters from shingles?

Can I use baking soda to dry up the blisters from shingles?

Shingles: There is no cure for shingles, but treatment may shorten the length of illness and prevent complications. Treatment options include:
antiviral medicines to reduce the pain and duration of shingles.
Pain medicines, antidepressants, and topical creams to relieve long-term pain. ...Read more

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What should I apply on shingles blisters that have just burst? Should I cover the area with any banadaging?

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

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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

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Can shingles blisters and rash come and go?

Yes.: One may get recurrence of flare ups that may come and go. ...Read more

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I have shingles have rash now fading no blister or scabing?

I have shingles have rash now fading no blister or scabing?

Zoster pain: 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

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The doctor looked and diagnosed me with having shingles! Aren't shingles supposed to be blisters they test?

The doctor looked and diagnosed me with having shingles! Aren't shingles supposed to be blisters they test?

Dx by H&Ps: The fact is, the variable pain, pattern & symptoms are so classic for shingles, few physicians outside of a dermatology office or research center would bother to test. Identification of the microscopic pattern of a scraping is possible. ...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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Can I use surgical spirits to dry and disinfect shingles blisters?

Can I use surgical spirits to dry and disinfect shingles blisters?

Although: Some people have used rubbing alcohol on Shingle's lesions - warm soap and water is a simple & effective approach. ...Read more

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Will I still need to continue treatment after shingles blisters have healed?

Will I still need to continue treatment after shingles blisters have healed?

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

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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

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Symptoms of shingles. Are they blisters on red spot?

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

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Is shingles contagious when the rash appears but blisters have not formed yet?

Is shingles contagious when the rash appears but blisters have not formed yet?

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

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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Blistering (Definition)

A blister is a collection of fluid under the epidermis. A blistering rash is one in which ...Read more