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Do i go to work just told I have shingles?

Do i go to work just told I have shingles?

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 more

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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


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Diagnosed with shingles 5 days ago safe to go to work?

Diagnosed with shingles 5 days ago safe to go to work?

Depends: It really depends. If you're work involves touching people, you might want to wait until the blisters dry and heal over since you can spread the virus during this period of blisters. Typically the blisters heal over within 5-7 days. ...Read more

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Will i still be able to go to work if I have shingles?

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

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I have shingles! but I need to go to work. Anything I can do?

Shingles: You should be put on an antiviral and possibly some steroids to help with the pain. That will give you the best chance of not developing post herpatic neuralgia which is chronic nerve pain from having shingles. ...Read more

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When can a person expect to be back at work after having shingles?

Within 2 weeks: In individuals with a healthy immune system, the sores crust over and are no longer infectious by day 7 to 10, and the rash generally disappears within three to four weeks. http://www.uptodate.com/contents/shingles-beyond-the-basics. ...Read more

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If someone at work has shingles, what are my chances of getting it?

Not high: If it is already in the later stages where they have no blisters from the herpes virus. Not high. Just make sure you wash your hands regularly. ...Read more

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My husband has bad shingles, should I stay home from work for a few days to help him?

My husband has bad shingles, should I stay home from work for a few days to help him?

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 more

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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?

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

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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

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

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for shingles?

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 more

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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