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How To Get Rid Of Shingles Scars
I had Shingles (Herpes Zoster) 6 months ago but the scars are still there on my face. How can I get rid of the scars? Please help.
Improve, not remove.:
Scars cannot be removed but there is a large variety of techniques to improve their appearance, both surgical and non-surgical. Avoid sun exposure; it may take up to a year for the scars to fully mature. See a plastic surgeon to begin your search for an appropriate course of action.
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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
Besides using mederma, is there anything else that my dr could prescribe me to get rid of my shingle scars on my body?
Type of scar: The treatment depends on the problem causing the blemish is it a hyperpigmented scar, a depression, an ice pick, a cyst, etc. Depending on the diagnosis treatments include: silicone gel sheets or cream, sunblock, bleaching agents, peels, dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, skin needling, camouflage, tattoo, excision, grafting, fillers, fat grafting, puch grafting, soft tissue rearrangement, etc. ...Read more
Have Shingles Feb. Been getting sores in my head, face, mouth, pubic area, am on Valtrex (valacyclovir) rashes are itchy causing pain how do I get rid of shingles?
See a doctor: See a doctor right away. Shingles will resolve more rapidly with anti-herpes drugs, but only if they're started at the beginning. You are contagious to people who have never had chickenpox, shingles, or the chickenpox vaccine. ...Read more
It will get better: Shingles will heal on its own with/out treatment. Early treatment can result in faster healing/less swelling. 2-3 wks is the typical course of shingle attack without early treatment. Some may have persistent/prolonged postherpetic neuralgia (nerve pain), but swelling will pretty much always resolve completely. Sleep in recliner may lessen swelling a bit. Consult doc for treatment. Good luck. ...Read more
I'm 23 and have shingles. Why would I get shinglesoso young? What medicine can I take to get rid of it? I've had this for a month already.
How do I get rid of neuropathy pain from shingles? I've had the pain for almost 2 years. I'm taking 800 mg of gabapentin and it just barely takes
Consider topicals: 60-min capsaicin patch 8% applied by your dr topical Lidocaine (lidoderm 5%) can be tried but results less predictable. Your dr may be able to recommend safe & effective topicals through a compounding pharmacy. Tricyclic antidepressants (desipramine>amitriptyline) work for most, but be patient, may take 3-4 weeks to kick in. Gabapentin dose is too low. Lyrica (pregabalin) and Depakote may help. ...Read more
I had Shingles back in June and I was on Predforte and antibiotic eye drops. The Shingles is gone. My cornea is still red although my ophthalmologist told me there is nothing wrong. I even sometimes have stinging. How can I get rid of this condition?
Recheck: If you are still having symptoms, it would be best to contact the treating DR and report the continued problems. ...Read more
Fade it, not get rid: Once you have a scar it will always be present, but there are various ways of improving a scars appearance. Taking good care of wounds will help...Keep them clean and moist. Topical treatments like scar recovery gel can help. Older scars may benefit from treatments like scar revision, dermabrasion, laser treatments, peels. Seek a local plastic surgeon to get specific recommendations for you. ...Read more
Many options: Scars mature and can continue to improve for up to a year. They are sun-sensitive and may become hyperpigmented with sun exposure. The best way to treat a scar depends on the scar. Options include silicone gel, silicone sheeting, use of filler (for spot or crater-like scars), laser therapy, hydroquinone, dermabrasion, or kenalog (triamcinolone) injection, or surgical scar revision. See your plastic surgeon. ...Read more
Permanent: Scars are permanent. The only way to get rid of a scar is to surgically cut it out, ideally by creating a cut and leaving a new scar in a less conspicuous area. Every injury through the full thickness of the skin leaves a visible scar forever. ...Read more
Improve, not remove.:
Scars cannot be removed but there is a large variety of techniques to improve their appearance, both surgical and non-surgical. They also improve with time. See a dermatologist or board-certified plastic surgeon to evaluate your options.
Good luck! ...Read more
Excision: An unsightly scar from any reason, including a ring or pierce, may be suitable for scar revision which usually means excision and precise closure by a qualified board certified plastic surgeon familiar with scar revision techniques. All scars, even scar revisions by a plastic surgeon, may fall short of the patient's expectations. An evaluation is recommended. ...Read more
Scar treatment: Depending on the problem with the scar there are treatments to improve them but nothing will completely remove them. I treat pigmented scars with bbl to lighten them, thick scars with fractional laser to soften them, or bad or wide scars with surgery to cut out the scar and re-sew it a more cosmetically pleasing way. The laser approach requires a series of treatments to be effective--often 5-6. ...Read more
Not really: Scars show healing, but healed skin is only 80% as strong as new, original skin. The pigment or color of scars can fade with time, but the scar, or mark always remains. Surgical scars r a good example of this. To my knowledge, any product advertised to reduce appearance of scars only affects the color (if at all) & not the mark. Save ur money by avoiding these gimmicks & just wait 4 d scar to heal ...Read more
Depends: On how much money you are willing to spend. Once the scar tissue is there, little options exist outside cosmetic laser therapy with dermatology, likely cosmetic and expensive. Best is to prevent scarring. Keep tissue away from sunlight and use sunblock 50 SPF or higher when outside esp on face. Mederma can help prevent scarring. Hydroxyquinone creams can help lighten some areas. ...Read more
Can only Improve:
You cannot "erase" scars. Poor scars can be improved through the following methods:
1) scar massage
2) silicone sheeting (a kind of silicone tape you where over the scar)
3) steroid injections
4) laser treatment (helps remove coloring)
5) scar revision (removing the scar and starting over).
Consult with a plastic surgeon to find out which combination of these would best work for you. ...Read more
No "easy": I'm really sorry that this serious health issue wasn't addressed earlier as it should have been. Topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day is your best friend, but acne on the trunk usually won't clear without systemic rx. This may include adding tetracycline, or if you are offered Isotretinoin consider doing it. Acne must be managed until it self-cures. Best wishes. ...Read more
I don't think so...: Scars are permanent. Having said that, there are ways to make them less noticeable. The first is time: scars mature over 6-18 months and don't assume their final form till then. Other methods are pressure, silicone sheeting, mederma, steroid injections or surgery. Surgery is a last resort for most scars, but many can be improved in this way if all else fails. ...Read more