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How Long Do Shingles Rash Last
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
1-14 days: But blisters may take longer to heal. If near your eye, you can become blind, so seek medical attention. ...Read more
No: While painful blisters on the skin are the most common symptoms of a shingles outbreak, there are other symptoms you can use to diagnose the condition. Not all patients suffering from shingles will develop a rash. Pain, flu like symptoms, movement issues, but no rash have been reported and identified as "shingles". The time from symptoms to wellness is variable. 6 to 8 weeks usual. ...Read more
Let explian: Shingle pain could disappear after 1-2 weeks from treatment, but if you complication from the shingle it may last for several month. ...Read more
How long should I expect pain from shingles to last after finishing antivirals? I believe my rash was mild. How long should I wait to see my Dr?
Had shingles last month. Took Valtrex in full. How long until rash fades away fully? Is it permanent?
Will fade: The pigmentation related to the rash will fade, but it takes a variable amount of time. Leave it alone as doing things to hasten the fading may make matters worse. ...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.?
PHN: After the shingle kin rash has resolved you may experience discomfort & tingling sensation with or without pain at the site of the rash. The symptoms usually improve anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. In certain individuals, post-herpetic neuralgia ("nerve pain" after shingles) can be severe & can last for months, occasional up to a year & infrequently beyond that. Treatment is available. ...Read more
Shingles: Usually the rash appears in a matter of days. ...Read more
Shingles: Rash begins to dry up in a week or two and may take a month to disappear completely. ...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?
I've had what my doctor thinks are shingles symptoms for 4 days now. No rash yet. How long do I wait for a rash before I go back to the doctor?
Take medications: Hi, if you are already taking antivirals for possible shingles, you don't have to see your dr. Unless symptoms get worse. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with shingles last night at urgent care. The rash is located on the L2. I am concerned because they did not swab or do blood work.
It has been estimated that approximately 10-20% of the population will develop HZ during their lifetime. Individuals over 50 are particularly susceptible because of reduced cell-mediated immunity. Medical history, pain description and blistering in a band on one side of the body may be all that is necessary for herpes zoster
diagnosis. The use of antiviral therapy (e.g. acyclovir) is recommended. ...Read more
Last night I found a red rash under my breast. I'm not sure what it is. Could it be shingles? I'm really concerned. What do you think it could be?
See your doctor: See your doctor for a personal evaluation to be sure nothing serious is wrong. ...Read more
Acyclovir 800mg, took one pill last night and woke w/ swollen face. Taking for shingles, rash is on face as well. Please help me I have no ins..
Angioedema: An allergic like reaction to Acyclovir is a possible explanation for your facial swelling. It can be accompanied by a rash, swollen face, lips, tongue, as well as throat swelling which could be life threatening. Would need to stop the medication. Facial shingles should be managed by a doctor. Can't rule out ocular herpes in your case. Er is a good option or at least urgent care. ...Read more
Does shingles always have a rash? I have a nerve-like pain just below my armpit but no rash or blisters. The pain has been longer than 1 week too.
Zoster sine herpete: And that young lady is how we docs say "shingles without a rash." Yes, it DOES exist. And many people are grateful for it since the alternative is have the shingles with all the cosmetic issues. When absolutely necessary we can do spinal taps to identify particles of the virus who are causing the pain and burning symptoms but without a lot of exertion. ...Read more
I got a shingles vaccination 2 days ago. Intense itching and red rash started last night. Ice helps lessen the itching. What else can I use? Cortisone
Allergic: It sounds like you are allergic to something in the vaccine. See a doctor or the ER of your local hospital. ...Read more
What would cause this shingles rash if you are obviously immune to chicken pox because you babysat kids with it last month?
Shingles: Shingles is a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus, a type of herpes virus that causes chickenpox. After you have had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in your nerve roots and remains inactive until, in some people, it flares up again. When the virus becomes active again, you get shingles instead of chickenpox. ...Read more
Small red rash itchy scabs has lasted months started nape of neck migrated to back then to back of thigh-right side only--mild shingles possible?
I have shingles. Been on antivirals and prednisone for two months. The rash is still there little pimple like bumps and light pink. How much longer.?
Get a 2nd opinion: You need another opinion. The rash you describe may not be shingles. ...Read more
Shingles rash w/no blisters. Was diag. W/shingles again. Repeat of last yr, severe nerve pain on side travels to breast. Now right side to it's breast?
Treat the shingles: Antiviral meds help when given early.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have a rash in the crease of my buttocks abottom of bikini line. I fear it may be shingles. It has lasted months. I tried cortozone creams, jock itch cream, tripicol and alchohol. It itches really bad. If I scratch it gets worse. It is bumpy and sometim
Usually no trigger: Your question seems to assume a trigger of herpes zoster (shingles) is usually present or can be identified. Not so. Most cases are random without any prior symptoms or obvious trigger. Conditions that increase risk of shingles, such as immune deficiency of various kinds, typically are present for a long time, often years, before an episode of shingles appears. See MD ASAP if you suspect shingles. ...Read more
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