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Doctor insights on: How To Prevent Scarring From Shingles

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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. ...Read more

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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How do I prevent HZO (Shingles) in the eye from happening again? I was a contact wearer and I already had corneal scars so idk if that was the problem

Shingrix: A second episode of h. zoster is rare but not impossible. You had it at an unusually young age, so another episode is a greater than usual risk. The new vaccine is far superior to the old one. SHRINGRIX is administered as 2 shots a few months apart. ...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

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Please let me know if there is a vaccine to prevent shingles?

Please let me know if there is a vaccine to prevent shingles?

Yes: A vaccine similar to that given to protect kids from chickenpox has been developed to prevent shingles. It has about 50x the strength of the childhood vaccine to accomplish that task. ...Read more

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Does the chickenbox vaccine last all your life? Can it prevent shingles?

Does the chickenbox vaccine last all your life? Can it prevent shingles?

Maybe, maybe not: A single dose of the vaccine confers lifelong immunity in ~ 85% of people while 2 doses at least a month apart brings it up to ~98%.Shingles is a reactivation of wild or vaccine virus that occurs if the persons immune system fails to keep it contained. A shingles vaccine, similar to the varicella shot (only many X stronger) is used to awaken the immune system and keep the virus under house arrest. ...Read more

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Pink scar-like "splotches" spreading on stomach years after having shingles? What could it be?

Rash: It is hard to say without looking at it, probably nothing to do with the shingles. It could be rash, may be an inflammation on the skin or some form of dermatitis. ...Read more

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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.

Good luck! ...Read more

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Got shingles on March 17 & small rash. No blisters just red bumps. Didn't pop or pick scabs but bumps won't go away. Redness gone but not bumps. Scars?

Got shingles on March 17 & small rash. No blisters just red bumps. Didn't pop or pick scabs but bumps won't go away. Redness gone but not bumps. Scars?

Question diagnosis: Did you diagnose yourself or did a doctor make the diagnosis? In any case, it is time to consult a doctor as it is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you. ...Read more

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Can I go to the university etc. If I have shingles? Should I stay away from the aged to prevent the infection from spreading to them?

Children not old one: A person with shingles can transmit the virus that causes chicken pox. So it is more important to stay away from children who have not had chicken pox. You can not transmit shingles. ...Read more

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Read on cnn that shingles before age 40 increases your chances of heart attack stroke by 75%. Is that right? How to prevent? I got at age 33...

Read on cnn that shingles before age 40 increases your chances of heart attack stroke by 75%. Is that right? How to prevent? I got at age 33...

Prevent in same way: This was not a study designed to prove shingles raises the risk of heart attacks, but rather to show an association and raise the possibility that it does. I suggest simply doing what everyone should do to lower their risk: eat healthy, exercise, don't smoke, and control your weight, BP and cholesterol if needed. ...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