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How long does shingles rash last?

How long does shingles rash last?

5-7 Days: Usually the shingles rash (and pain) may last 5-7 days but could be longer. Even with mild pain it is recommended to be treated with anti-virals to prevent long term problems such as post-herpetic neuralgia (long term nerve pain). ...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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Can someone tell me how long will the shingles rash last?

Can someone tell me how long will the shingles rash last?

1-14 days: But blisters may take longer to heal. If near your eye, you can become blind, so seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Are shingles always accompanied by a rash or lesions? How long does shingles last?

Are shingles always accompanied by a rash or lesions? How long does shingles last?

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

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How long does shingles pain on face last after the rash has healed?

How long does shingles pain on face last after the rash has healed?

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

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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?

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?

2-3 weeks: Shingles pain last a few weeks after the antiviral treatment. If it continues beyond a month, your doctor may think about an associated complication called Postherpatic neuralgia or PHN, for which other medication may need to be prescribed. ...Read more

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Had shingles last month. Took Valtrex in full. How long until rash fades away fully? Is it permanent?

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

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How long will the rash after the shingles vaccine last? Will it blister over?

How long will the rash after the shingles vaccine last? Will it blister over?

Herpes vaccine: The herpes Zoster vaccine sometimes causes a chick pox type rash at the site. It can remain for 2-3 weeks and should be covered with a clean top. The blisters will dry up and then you are non infectious. All the best and a good choice to have the vaccine. ...Read more

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How long does the shingles rash lash?

2 weeks: In an immunocompetent person, shingles can be active up unti about 7-10 days. Sometimes slightly longer. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a shingles rash disappear?

Yes in time: Shingles is a viral infection the inflames the nerves and causes blisters along the course of the nerves that are affected it can cause a lot of pain and if the lesions are scratched, very common, there may be scarring. It should fade in time. ...Read more

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Given shingles, how long will the pain stay after the rash has healed?

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

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How long after being infected with the shingles virus does the rash appear?

Decades: The virus is acquired in childhood as chicken pox and is latent in the body for decades. ...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?

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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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.

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.

Shingles diagnosis: 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

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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..

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

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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.

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

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What would cause this shingles rash if you are obviously immune to chicken pox because you babysat kids with it last month?

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

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Once Herpes Zoster is triggered, how long does it generally take for the rash to appear?

Once Herpes Zoster is triggered, how long does it generally take for the rash to appear?

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

Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

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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