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How long does it take for shingles scabs to completely heal and fall ok.

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How long does it take for shingles scabs to completely heal and fall ok.

2-4 weeks: From the beginning of the rash to when the scabs fall off usually is around 2-4 weeks. ...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 shingles take to heal or how long befor I'm over them.

How long do shingles take to heal or how long befor I'm over them.

Usually: Usually 2 to 3 weeks but sometimes the pain or unusual sensations can last weeks or months. ...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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Just had shingles shot. Never had shingles. How long does it take to have its maximum positive effect in the body-immediate response, weeks or months?

Probably a few weeks: The shingles shot which is 50 percent effective, will probably be somewhat effective within the next few weeks. If you do end up getting shingles after the shot it will usually be a mild case. No one knows how long the shingles shot is effective for. ...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 long will it take for me to recover from shingles?

How long will it take for me to recover from shingles?

It varies: There is not one right answer. With treatment one can take up to six weeks to get better. ...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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I have shingles on my right side of my bottom and now have a infection how long will it all take to clear up?

2weeks: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. Sometimes patients will have chronic pain or unusual sensations for months afterwards. ...Read more

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How long after taking antibiotics does shingles start to heal?

Shingles: Antibiotics will not help. Shingles is caused by a virus. With Acyclovir or Valtrex (valacyclovir) the lesions can start to crust in 5 - 7 days. ...Read more

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Do you need to take drugs for the shingles virus or can you let it heal on it's own? Doctor wasn't sure if my rash is shingles, but still gave meds.

Do you need to take drugs for the shingles virus or can you let it heal on it's own? Doctor wasn't sure if my rash is shingles, but still gave meds.

Shingles: I'm surprised to find out your doctor was not sure, because Shingles rash and distribution are very unique.
Anyway treating the Shingles with Anti-viral medication decrease the pain and also duration and also the complication afterward including Post-herpetic neuralgia. ...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

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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?

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?

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 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

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How will having shingles affect my long-term health?

How will having shingles affect my long-term health?

May or may not: Usually there are no consequences of shingles. However, some people do get long lasting or even permanent pain after shingles, so be sure you see a doctor and get put on some medications as soon as you can if you still have the rash. It is possible for the rash to get 2ary infected. Also, some research indicates that the risk of having a stroke later is a little higher if you have had shingles. ...Read more

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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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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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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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What to do if I have shingles, please help determine how long.?

Shingles: Apply cornstarch or baking soda to help dry the sores. There is no cure for shingles, but treatment with prescription for antiviral drugs can speed healing and reduce risk of complications, like postherpetic neuralgia. Gabapentin and local anesthetics are also very useful for pain relive. Talk to your PCP for more information. Take care. ...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