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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.

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


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Besides using mederma, is there anything else that my dr could prescribe me to get rid of my shingle scars on my body?

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

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What I do to get rid of shingles virus?

What I do to get rid of shingles virus?

See your Dr ASAP: The virus never totally goes away, but it can go back to a dormant state and there are medications that help it happen quicker w/ less severe symptoms. It works best if you do it early! So, go ASAP. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Change antiviral?: You cannot get rid of the virus that causes chicken pox and also shingles - varicella zoster. Would be odd, but not impossible, to have shingles on face and pubic area. May be another virus. Liquid from oozing lesions can be tested to see what virus it is. ...Read more

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Shingles? Contagious? How to get rid of em? Their on the face. What to do?

Shingles? Contagious? How to get rid of em? Their on the face. What to do?

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

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Swelling in the face associated with shingles? What to do? How to get rid of swelling?

Swelling in the face associated with shingles? What to do? How to get rid of swelling?

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

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I have shingles what is the fastest way to get rid of it?

I have shingles what is the fastest way to get rid of it?

Rx: There is a medication called Valtrex (valacyclovir) that can be used. Also for the pain can use gabapentin. It will still take some time to heal. Get the pain treated if it gets bad, sometimes that can be the worst part. ...Read more

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My husband has shingles can sulfamethoxazole-tmp ds get rid of it?

My husband has shingles can sulfamethoxazole-tmp ds get rid of it?

No: Shingles is viral infection. Antibiotic like sulfamethoxazole is not the treatment for viral infection. Antiviral can help to shorten duration of shingles if the drug is started within the first 24-48 hours since the skin eruption. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Nothing now: Too late to take anything now, you would need Valtrex (valacyclovir) or similar to be started within 48 hours. Are you sure it is shingles, unusual at 23, also shouldn't last this long even without treatment. Get a second opinion. ...Read more

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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

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

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How can I get rid of scar?

How can I get rid of scar?

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

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How to get rid of old scars?

How to get rid of old scars?

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

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How can I get rid of my scars?

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

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How to get rid of scars (cutting)?

How to get rid of scars (cutting)?

Please consult: With either a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of shaving scars?

How do I get rid of shaving scars?

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.

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How ca you get rid of a ring scar?

How ca you get rid of a ring scar?

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

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How can I get rid of my scars safely?

How can I get rid of my scars safely?

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

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What's the best way to get rid of scars?

What's the best way to get rid of scars?

Can't really get RID: Of scars, but you can reduce their noticibility. Use a cream called Mederma to reduce the appearance of scars. ...Read more

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Is there any way to get rid of wound scars?

Is there any way to get rid of wound scars?

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

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How to get rid of discoloration from a scar?

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

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What is the safest way to get rid of facial scars?

What is the safest way to get rid of facial scars?

Surgery-injections: There are different kinds of facial scars. Acne, surgical, trauma, congenital. Depending upon the etiology of the scar will determine the different options for treatment. ...Read more

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Any suggestions on how to get rid of scars naturally?

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

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How to get rid of MRSA scars?

How to get rid of MRSA scars?

Time, silicone, bloc: Time, silicone gel sheeting, avoidance of sun and tobacco use as well as possible bleaching agents such as hydroquinone, retinoids and steroids may help. ...Read more

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Is there a faster way to get rid of coldsore scars?

Is there a faster way to get rid of coldsore scars?

Scars or sores?: You can clear open sores faster with an antiviral like acyclovir. Scars left behind cannot be removed any faster than any other scar. To evaluate the best treatment for the scar, you should seek the help of a physician. ...Read more

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Is there any way to get rid of icepick scars at home?

No: I am sorry your acne was not treated when it should have been. If you still have active disease, call your physician now. A plastic surgeon or dermatologist may be able to help the scars. Acne is a serious, non lifestyle related illness. ...Read more

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I am wondering how to easily get rid of bacne and scars?

I am wondering how to easily get rid of bacne and scars?

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

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Can milk get rid of red scars?

Can milk get rid of red scars?

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

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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


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Scars (Definition)

Scar = fibrous tissue that forms ...Read more