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Doctor insights on: How To Prevent Scarring From Shingles

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Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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Can shingles leave permanent scar?

Can shingles leave permanent scar?

Yes: It is not usual but yes, any rash could potentially leave a scar or discoloration. ...Read more

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What's the expert opinion, could the shingles scars eventually wear off?

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. ...Read more

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Can shingles be prevented?

Can shingles be prevented?

Not completely: Shingles is a reactivation of the virus that causes chicken pox. There is a vaccine for shingles (zostavax). It doesn't prevent shingles completely, but may cause it to be milder, and reduce the amount of pain after the rash. ...Read more

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How can you prevent shingles on the face from scaring?

How can you prevent shingles on the face from scaring?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are the causes of shingles and how can I prevent it?

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). ...Read more

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I have been exposed to shingles anything I can do to prevent getting it?

Not Contagious: Generally, the virus is contained within the nervous system. Although, I wouldn't recommend contacting the weeping serum in the acute phase. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is there a vaccine to prevent shingles?

Is there a vaccine to prevent shingles?

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. ...Read more

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Can the shingles vaccination prevent shingles?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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Can the shingles vacine prevent bells palsy?

Can the shingles vacine prevent bells palsy?

No: The varicella vaccine can prevent chicken pox/shingles infection, but is not a deterrent for bell's palsy. ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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