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How long do the symptoms of shingles last for you?

How long do the symptoms of shingles last for you?

1-2 weeks: The rash that occurs with shingles usually lasts about 7-10 days before all the lesions dry up and begin to fall off. Lifelong scarring occasionally results. The pain associated with the rash usually lasts about 2 weeks but can persist for much longer (sometimes lifelong) in 10-15% of patients. ...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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How long do the symptoms of shingles last for in a teen?

How long do the symptoms of shingles last for in a teen?

Varies: Shingles can have groups of lesions which occur for 1-7 days then progress to crusts and healing over the next 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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How long do the symptoms of shingles last if first attack?

How long do the symptoms of shingles last if first attack?

1-2 weeks: The rash that occurs with shingles usually lasts about 7-10 days before all the lesions dry up and begin to fall off. Lifelong scarring occasionally results. The pain associated with the rash usually lasts about 2 weeks but can persist for much longer (sometimes lifelong) in 10-15% of patients. ...Read more

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How long does shingles last?

How long does shingles last?

Shingles : Usually 2-4 weeks. There has to be some exposure to chicken pox in the past. A few will go on the develop pain long after all is healed. ...Read more

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How long would shingles last for?

How long would shingles last for?

Rash or pain: The physical manifestations of shingles , usually rash and small papules ( fluid filled blisters) last a few days to a week. The pain of shingles if not treated early and aggressively, can lead to a condition called post-herpetic neuralgia. This condition can be very difficult to treat. ...Read more

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How long does shingles vaccone last?

How long does shingles vaccone last?

As far as we know: It has been shown to reduce the incidence of herpes zoster (known as shingles) by 51.3%. As far as we know at this time it is a one time vaccine. ...Read more

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How long does the shingles last on side?

See below: Herpes zoster usually clears up in 2 to 3 weeks and rarely returns. If the virus affects the nerves that control movement (the motor nerves), you may have temporary or permanent weakness or paralysis.

Sometimes, the pain in the area where the shingles occurred may last from months to years. This pain is called postherpetic neuralgia. ...Read more

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How long doside effects of shingles shot last?

Short time: Zostavax is a shingles vaccine approved by the fda. The vaccine can cause side effects, but they're generally mild and don't last long. ...Read more

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I wish to know how long does shingles last for?

7-10 days: For the rash to run its course. Longer, if post herpetic neuralgia persists. Phn can last months, sometimes years. ...Read more

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How long does it take for shingles symptoms to appear?

How long does it take for shingles symptoms to appear?

How long after what?: The pain and/or itching can be present for a day or so before the typical rash. ...Read more

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Don?T understand cause of shingles how long does it last?

Don?T understand cause of shingles how long does it last?

Virus reactivation: After having had chickenpox, the virus can lie dormant in the nerve ganglion only to reactivate years to decades later. Most people who get it, only get it once. There is a vaccine to decrease the risk of getting the reactivation or its complications by boosting the immunity to the virus. ...Read more

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Shingles....Question about how long pain will last? Should it get better with the anitvirals?

Hopefully short : It can vary greatly from a few days, weeks, months, and even beyond a year in some. If the correct antiviral agent is initiated withing the first 48-72 hours, it is more likely to help decrease the symptoms of acute neuritis as well as post-herpetic neuralgia. Even then, there is no guarantee the pain will be diminished with timely initiation of antiviral medications. ...Read more

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How long do the scabs last with shingles?

How long do the scabs last with shingles?

2-4 weeks: Blisters turn to scabs in 7-14 days, and scabs heal and fall off in 2-4 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does shingles last after it scabs?

How long does shingles last after it scabs?

For Life: The virus responsible for chicken pox lives in the nerves and lead to more than episode of shingles later in life. Once the sores scab over the symptoms tend to diminish within a few days. The more aggressively the the symptoms are treated the less likely long term problems are to occur. If you've not been seen by your pcp i would suggest doing so. ...Read more

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I have shingles. Taking medication for the pain. How long does pain last?

I have shingles. Taking medication for the pain. How long does pain last?

Variable time course: Hopefully your pcp started you on a medication like neurontin, Lyrica (pregabalin) or Cymbalta which actually work on decreasing the abnormal discharge of the damaged nerves. This medication should be gently adjusted upwards until it controls your pain. Then you will have to stay on this medication for a while to make sure it does not come back. Pain pills alone will not be very effective ...Read more

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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

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How long do the spores from shingles last?

See below: Once they form an eschar (turn black) they are on the mend. ...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 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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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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I have black dots on my shingles? What do those mean and how long does it last? I have had shingles since Monday and am taking antibiotics.

I have black dots on my shingles? What do those mean and how long does it last? I have had shingles since Monday and am taking antibiotics.

Pretty young for shi: At age 18 you are young for shingles be it cn occur. The black dots are healing I suspect. I think it would be wise to see dermatolgoy for a clarification of the diagnosis ...Read more

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How long does shingles last and what are key signs of postherpetic neuralgia?

A and B: A. Duration 7 to 14 days, average 10
b. Severe burning pain in distribution of rash which may persists for days to months or years, long after rash has resolved. In the absence of a definite skin rash at any time, diagnosis of post-herpetic neuralgia is suspect. ...Read more

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How long will shingles last and does it cause lower back pain? Does it make you feel sick all the time too?

Rash2-4weeks,pain lo: If untreated with antibiotics at the earliest sign the rash may last 2to4 weeks.And the pain may lasst a ling timerequiring paim meds etc,
but if treated early it can shortenthe course of rash and pain may be of shorter duration. ...Read more

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Shingles vaccine side effects and last how long?

Agree with Dr. Maes: Possible side effects of Zostavax (Zoster Vaccine Live) include injection site redness, swelling, itching, pain, heat or bruising or rash. Headache may also occur. There is potential for allergic reaction. Zostavax (Zoster Vaccine Live) isn't recommended if you are allergic to gelatin or neomycin or other vaccine components. ...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