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How can I make shingles less painful?

How can I make shingles less painful?

See a dermatologist: Zostrix (capsaicin) is a nonprescription cream for shingles pain, but be aware that it may make pain worse before decreasing it. If you're not allergic to aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen, you can try one of those. Your doctor can prescribe stronger pain meds or other drugs like Gabapentin or amitriptyline. ...Read more

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


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Is shingles painful?

Is shingles painful?

Absolutely!: If pain persists after the rash is gone - postherpetic neuralgia (phn) - it needs to be treated aggressively so it does not last forever. The greater the severity and duration of the rash, the more like you are to have phn. Also, the older you are when you have shingles, the more likely you are to have phn. See a board certified pain specialist for help. Don't accept that it will just "go away.". ...Read more

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Why is shingles so painful? 

Why is shingles so painful? 

Peripheral pain: Varicella zoster virus usually stays dormant in the ganglion of the spinal cord. Under certain conditions the virus migrates to peripheral dermatomes of certain thoracic areas causing intense pain. ...Read more

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Can you have shingles and it not be painful? Just mild itch. They are on back behind shoulder

Can you have shingles and it not be painful? Just mild itch. They are on back behind shoulder

Yes: You can have shingles that aren't painful and only itch. Shingles looks like a cluster of red spots that can occur in any dermatome, a line following the nerves in the body. They do not cross to the other side of the body, can break open and then crust over. ...Read more

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I have a rash on the right side of my back. It is painful and looks similar to shingles. How do I know if I have shingles? I am 60 yrs. old and have n

One side of the body: If the rash is confined to one side of the body and does not cross the mid-line either on the back or on the front, it is likely to be shingles. It would be prudent to see a doctor to prevent the development of a chronically painful condition. ...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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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more