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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?
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
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 ...Read more
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
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
Is there a way to prevent shingles when you have a couple of major catastrophes at the same time and expect outbreak?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I have scars across my shoulder and upper chest from shingles blusters. Will Mederma or cocoa butter help fade them? Thank you.
May not fade complet: It may not fade completely ever.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
My daughter had a rough year last year with shingles and mono and was diagnosed a few weeks ago with a throat virus. It left scars on her throat that are irritated and show up with drainage. She now has problems with hoarseness and says it hurts to sing.
Question?: I'm not sure what your question is, but she may want to see an ENT specialist. ...Read more
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
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