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Is there anything I can do to help myself feel better when I have shingles?

Is there anything I can do to help myself feel better when I have shingles?

Cold: Putting something cold on it might help also zostrix might help. If you ever feel the fire or burning that is the time to go to the doctor, even if you can't see anything because that is when the antiviral medication works the best and can even prevent the breakout! ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Herpes zoster is also known as Shingles. Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more


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Hi. I got shingles 5 days ago and feel better but the blisters are still on my face. Im on prescription too. When do you think i can go back to work?

Hi. I got shingles 5 days ago and feel better but the blisters are still on my face. Im on prescription too. When do you think i can go back to work?

Shingles: The lesions associated with shingles resolve over a few weeks but you can return to work whenever you feel up to it. You should avoid contact with unvaccinated children or immunosuppressed patients though. ...Read more

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What are the markers for ebv? I have had mono and shingles twice, what else is needed to run a test? I want to feel better, get healthy again.

What are the markers for ebv?  I have had mono and shingles twice,  what else is needed to run a test? I want to feel better,  get healthy again.

EBV, shingles: Ebv and shingles are caused by two different viruses. Ebv can have a chronic form. Your doctor can examine you and check igm and igg for ebv. Shingles can recur when your immune system is down. There is a shot to help your body keep the shingles under control. Rest, moderate exercise, and a well balanced diet also help you get healthy. See your doctor to get a plan of action. ...Read more

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

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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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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The spot where my shingles was is still red. Anything I can do to reduce the redness of the skin?

The spot where my shingles was is still red.  Anything I can do to reduce the redness of the skin?

Leave it alone: If it is not painful, be thankful. Leave it alone and let nature take its course. Any intervention is only likely to make it worse. ...Read more

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I had shingles in 9/13 on left side of my head. I am now having my 5th major fever sore on my mouth. Is there anything i can do to rid myself of this ?

I had shingles in 9/13 on left side of my head. I am now having my 5th major fever sore on my mouth. Is there anything i can do to rid myself of this ?

Antiviral: You could try an over the counter medication such as abreva as soon as the symptoms start, another option given that you have frequent outbreaks may be a preventive medication, you should speak to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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I have completed my meds for shingles, but i still feel bad. Dr said the meds will continue to help even if I have finished them. Shld i be given more?

I have completed my meds for shingles, but i still feel bad. Dr said the meds will continue to help even if I have finished them. Shld i be given more?

Anti-viral, no. : Bitsy, good evidence supports the dose and duration recommendations for each approved anti-viral. More is not better, but, there are effective meds for the nerve pain if it persists, like gabapentin, Pregabalin and duloxetine. ...Read more

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What could cause my scalp to feel like its burning. Shingles has been ruled out. ? The only thing that seems to help is ice packs.

What could cause my scalp to feel like its burning. Shingles has been ruled out. ? The only thing that seems to help is ice packs.

Many possibilities: There are a number of possibilities that could explain that symptom including chemical damage to the skin from hair products to nerve damage from a variety of causes. "burning" quality pain is typical for neuropathic or nerve damage pain. I would suggest you get in to see a neurologist or a pain management specialist for a good evaluation. ...Read more

Shingles (Definition)

Clusters of vesicles ...Read more