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Doctor insights on: How To Prevent Scarring From Shingles

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Dr. Linda Spencer Dr. Spencer
Dermatology
32 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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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?

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?

About a week or two: Any scab will take 1-2 weeks before they fall off. Keep the scabs softened with moisturizer or petroleum jelly to reduce the chance for scarring.

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Dr. Barry Press
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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


Dr. Charles Lockhart Dr. Lockhart
Dentistry
5 years in practice
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
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Dr. Jerry Judd Pryde Dr. Pryde
Travel Medicine
22 years in practice
Tulane University School of Medicine
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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?

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

Dr. Brad Goldenberg Dr. Goldenberg
Pediatrics
32 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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I have a large shingle scab in my face, what can I do to prevent it from scarring?

I have a large shingle scab in my face, what can I do to prevent it from scarring?

Don't scratch: With varicella, once a wound scabs over, the less you pick at it, the less scarring will occur.

Dr. Julia Sanchez Dr. Sanchez
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Central University of Venezuela School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Michael Miller Dr. Miller
Wound care
32 years in practice
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

Dr. Barbara A Majeroni Dr. Majeroni
Family Medicine
years in practice
Medical College of Pennsylvania
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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.

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Dr. Michael Tomeo Dr. Tomeo
Dermatology
34 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Christopher Moeller Dr. Moeller
Dermatology
34 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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Is there a way to prevent shingles when you have a couple of major catastrophes at the same time and expect outbreak?

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.

Dr. Bahman Omrani Dr. Omrani
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

Dr. Rick Koch Dr. Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
18 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Dr. Donald Shenenberger Dr. Shenenberger
Dermatology
21 years in practice
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
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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).

Dr. James Marx Dr. Marx
Pain Management
44 years in practice
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Harry Greenberg Dr. Greenberg
Dermatology
23 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Is there any meds or shot to prevent me from getting shingles from my wife?

Is there any meds or shot to prevent me from getting shingles from my wife?

Shingles Vaccine: The shingles vaccine is not indicated for someone in your age group, but it may help. Ask your physician.

Dr. Tom Harrington Dr. Harrington
Internal Medicine
38 years in practice
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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.

Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Joseph Duvall Dr. Duvall
Dermatology
43 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Christopher Conti Dr. Conti
Emergency Medicine
years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Theodore Spinks Dr. Spinks
Neurosurgery
18 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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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.

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

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