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How To Prevent Scarring From Shingles
My shingles are starting to scab I think, how long until they have scabbed and drop off? Also will they scar? How do I prevent scarring?
Was diagnosed with shingles on my face yesterday, noticed new blisters on day 7, is this common? They seem less severe. Best method to prevent scars?
I'm worried about my large shingle scab in my face, I think it will leave a large scar in my face, I don't want that to happen. How can I prevent it f?
Not possible: But what ever you do don't make it worse by pulling on the scab. Its a natural barrier to avoid infection. Let it come off on its own
Don't scratch: With varicella, once a wound scabs over, the less you pick at it, the less scarring will occur.
Forever Present: A scar forms when there is healing of an injury to the tissues. Remember that with almost all wounds, healing continues for months and months as we change the stress on the tissues. A scar forms as a result and may have many different appearances and colors. Any dark coloration may fade over time but the tissues never are the same and so some scarring will always be there.
Early treatment: Once you develop blisters from shingles (or even before) is the best time to treat shingles with oral and topical treatments. Once the blisters scab up and start to heal, it is still important to use a cream or ointment, whether it is silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) or an other antibiotic ointment (e.g. Polysporin). The application of a topical will maximize healing and minimize scarring.See 1 more doctor answer
Is there a way to prevent shingles when you have a couple of major catastrophes at the same time and expect outbreak?
Prevent shingles: There is a shingles vaccine for those over the age of 50. It comes as a single shot and is about 50% effective.
I had shingles when I was 11/12 and want to prevent it from resurfacing. I'm 19 now and sometimes get sharp pain from the site. Is it occurring again?
PHN: Shingles can be complicated by a condition known as post-herpetic neuralgia (phn) which may present as "pain along a strip of skin". Pain, sometimes severe, is a common feature of phn. Symptoms generally resolve after a few months, not uncommonly present even up to a year & beyond that is some. Vaccination with the shingles vaccine is recommended, even in those who've had it in the past.
Varicella: Shingles is basically re-activated chicken pox virus. When we have chicken pox the virus will "retreat" and become dormant in nerve roots. In some patients it can reactivate later in life causing the painful rash along the path of certain nerves. There is a vaccination for shingles that can significantly reduce the chances of someone having shingles (aka herpes zoster).
Not Contagious: Generally, the virus is contained within the nervous system. Although, I wouldn't recommend contacting the weeping serum in the acute phase.
Shingles Vaccine: The shingles vaccine is not indicated for someone in your age group, but it may help. Ask your physician.
Recently I experienced a bout of "shingles". I understand there is a shot that will help prevent getting shingles in the future. Is it worthwhile?
Shingles shot: This is somewhat controversial. Your natural immunty is actually much better than the zostavax (actually prevents 70% of outbreaks of shingles at best) I have been telling my patients no but I would spread the word to friends and family over 50-60 years old to get immunized if they have not had the disease.
Yes, Zostavax: Zostavax is a vaccine to prevent shingles in adults. Some age limitations apply. The vaccine is helpful but not completely protective, so some people still get shingles even though they were vaccinated. Shingles can cause permanent pain in the affected skin area.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The shingles vaccine, zostavax, is available to adults in a particular age group. Zostavax helps prevent shingles, but is not completely protective. Some people can still get shingles even though they were vaccinated. Zostavax costs about $250 if not covered by insurance.See 2 more doctor answers
I have lupus and have had the shingles twice in 4 years. Are there any precautions I can take to prevent?
Zoster or simplex: You should see a doctor and confirm if you have shingles (herpes zoster) or a fever blister (herpes simplex). If you have had shingles it is unlikely it will continue to recur. Having the disease is like being vaccinated and is generally protective. There are oral medications that can be taken to prevent a recurrence.See 1 more doctor answer
Just had shingles shot in 2015 as a prevention strategy. Never had shingles. Am healthy. Generally, when do I need my next shingles shot if at all?
SHINGLES: I can find no clinical information to suggest that a repeat immunization is required once immunized. Here is the Centers For Disease Control link: http://www. Cdc. Gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/adult. Html
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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