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If You Have Shingles Do You Go To Work
You may: Shingles is a disease that you should take "contact precautions", if it affects a part of your body that will not come into contact with anyone (as your chest or back), you may go to work. I suggest that you wear 2 layers of clothing so no one will contact the lesions. If you work with young children, or elderly people, then i would wait for the lesions crust over before returning to work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)
Shingles is 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
Depends on severity: To a large extent the ability to return to work depends on the severity of the shingles rash and/or the associated neuralgia. Shingles is caused by a reactivation of the chicken pox virus (varicella) in people who have already had chicken pox. Caution should be taken around pregnant women even though the virus is not as easily transmitted in shingles as it is in chicken pox. ...Read more
A better idea...: ...Is to take him to a dermatologist, who will prescribe an antiviral medication (valacyclovir, famciclovir), and if necessary, pain medications. Shingles is a self-limited problem, so you do not need to stay home with him unless you feel it is necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I got shingles and left a nasty clump of I'm not sure what it is. I need to remove it. How can I do it? Will laser work?
Need for examination: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you. Do not be in a hurry to have it, whatever it is, removed as it may resolve on its own. If three months after the start of shingles the "clump" is still there, please consult a doctor before engaging in self-treatment. ...Read more
How long should I stay off work if I have shingles i was diagnosed with shingles two days ago and am in incredible pain. How long should I stay off work
I : I would recommend you see a dermatologist who can place you on antiviral medication and appropriate medicine to alleviate the symptoms. Typically, if the area is covered and symptoms controlled, most patients can go back to work. See a picture and read more about shingles at the link below. I hope that helps! ...Read more
There is no best: Antivirals, like valtrex, (valacyclovir) need to be started within 72 hrs of shingle symptoms. They can decrease the severity and duration of the rash. If pain persists after the rash is gone - postherpetic neuralgia (phn) - it needs to be treated aggressively so it does not last forever. The older you are when you have shingles, the more likely you are to have phn. See a board certified pain specialist for help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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