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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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Can diyalisis cause you to have a rash that looks like shingles?

Can diyalisis cause you to have a rash that looks like shingles?

May be shingles: End-stage renal disease is immune compromising, which can predispose to shingles outbreaks, so might be that--which you need to tell your nephrologist about, as may transmit to others at dialysis. Could be other things as well for same reason, so really needs dr's evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm covered with a rash that looks a lot like shingles, covering both sides. Scabby and weeping. It isn't in a specific location either. What is it?

I'm covered with a rash that looks a lot like shingles, covering both sides. Scabby and weeping. It isn't in a specific location either. What is it?

Skin infection?: Sounds like "impetigo" or another kind of skin infection. No one can diagnose a skin problem over the internet. See a doctor; you probably need antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have a rash on the right side of my back. It is painful and looks similar to shingles. How do I know if I have shingles? I am 60 yrs. Old and have n

One side of the body: If the rash is confined to one side of the body and does not cross the mid-line either on the back or on the front, it is likely to be shingles. It would be prudent to see a doctor to prevent the development of a chronically painful condition. ...Read more

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36 year old f very healthy developed a rash on back. Hurts and was itchy. Looks like shingles. Help is it to late for anti viral meds and duration?

36 year old f very healthy developed a rash on back. Hurts and was itchy. Looks like shingles. Help is it to late for anti viral meds and duration?

Depends on duration.: I am not sure wether the rash is due to shingles or not. It needs to be checked out by a physician to make sure. If it turns out to be shingles then starting antiviral medicines in the first 72 hours gives a better chance for early cure. It also helps reduce chances of developing residual pain that often persists after the rash goes away. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a rash that looks exactly like chicken pox. I'm 21, and I've had both chicken pox and shingles?

What to do if I have a rash that looks exactly like chicken pox. I'm 21, and I've had both chicken pox and shingles?

See your doctor.: If you've had chicken pox, you can not get it again. However, shingles can recur. You should have the rash checked by your doctor to make the proper diagnosis and treatment if necessary. There other causes of rashes that look similar to chickenpox.If you have a HealthTap Prime account (or sign up for one), you can send a photo and one us may be able to help you with a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have this mark that looks like a burn mark, like from touching a stove or something. I'm not sure if it's eczema or shingles or dry skin or just a rash, should I be concerned?

I have this mark that looks like a burn mark, like from touching a stove or something. I'm not sure if it's eczema or shingles or dry skin or just a rash, should I be concerned?

See your physician: There are many and various lesions which could match your description. I can appreciate your concerned, but finding a proper diagnosis and treatment may be the answer to your worries. Rec.: see your physician for physical and referral to dermatologist (if needed). Take good care. ...Read more

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I got a rash on her side that has spread to under the breast. It just looks like a rash but the rash under the breast looks like a blister. Shingles?

I got a rash on her side that has spread to under the breast. It just looks like a rash but the rash under the breast looks like a blister. Shingles?

Shingles?: It may be. The blisters are tiny and called vesicles and grouped close to each other. Generally associated with discomfort, pain, tingling sensation. Many conditions can cause a blistering rash, things ranging from poison oak to diseases of the internal system. Evaluation by a doctor is advised. ...Read more

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I have this rash that looks like bites or hives. The only way it tends to dissapear is when I drink beer. Stress., hives, shingles? I'm confused. It st

I have this rash that looks like bites or hives. The only way it tends to dissapear is when I drink beer. Stress., hives, shingles? I'm confused. It st

Well: This rash could be several things it could be an allergic reaction a toxic reaction hives irritation or rarely shingles. Examination is required to diagnose and treat a rash specifically recommend photographs with Healthtap visit or face-to-face primary care doctor visit ...Read more

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Red rash on left leg with blisters that appear to be crusting over looks like a tree branch. Painful and itchy> could it be shingles?

Red rash on left leg with blisters that appear to be crusting over looks like a tree branch. Painful and itchy> could it be shingles?

Yes: From the description given, shingles could be a possibility of your rash. Follow with a doctor for confirmation. ...Read more

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Skin rash looks like shingles, constipated, had blood in stool, and conjunctivitis? What could all this be?

Skin rash looks like shingles, constipated, had blood in stool, and conjunctivitis? What could all this be?

Auto-innune disease.: This sounds like some type of autoimune disease and or infection. This can be a mixed problem. All types of bowel disease are or can be associated with nonspecific conjunctivitis.You need to be seen by your pcp who can direct you to the other specialists. ...Read more

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I have blister rash on my left arm, a little on left back, and right arm. Now my kids have the chickenpox. Do I have shingles? I went to urgent care and the said it is not shingles because it is also on my right arm. But it looks like it and it hurts and

I have blister rash on my left arm, a little on left back, and right arm. Now my kids have the chickenpox. Do I have shingles? I went to urgent care and the said it is not shingles because it is also on my right arm. But it looks like it and it hurts and

You: You know the old saying: "if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and walks like a duck, it is". Varicella zoster, the technical name, results when a person who has had chicken pox has it re-activated later in life. While the rash is usually in the distribution of one nerve root, bilateral cases have been reported but they are rare. The rash of vz is typically a blister the itches and burns. The rash of scabies consists of a very itchy collection of tiny blisters that, in people with good hygeine, may be seen on the spaces between the fingers or on the legs. It lasts until treated. Vz often starts with pain and then a few days later the erruption of blisters that dry up after a week or two. It is really unlikely that you and your girls have two different things. I know of cases where an adult caring for a child with chicken pox had an attack of vz afterwards. Children without immunity to chicken pox can catch them from an adult with vz. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is usually not very helpful. In vz the treatment if caught early may be an antiviral drug. For the pain, Gabapentin or Pregabalin are prescribed. Most doctors suggest the zostavax injection to prevent vz in people over 60 because the incidence of post herpetic neuralgia increases with age.
Good luck! I know what it feels like. ...Read more

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Can shingles start as just on small red spot on the waist? No pain there at all.

Can shingles start as just on small red spot on the waist? No pain there at all.

Less likely: The blistering shingles rash usually appears as a band around one side of your waist area to your back, although it can occur anywhere on your body. You will likely feel a burning sensation or pain in the area before the rash appears. Shingles is less likly without pain.
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Small cut outside anis. Bit itchy but no pain. Can it be herpes? Had rash 2 days ago on other buttcheeck. Dr thinks it's shingles & swabbed 4 herpes.

Probably not herpes: Herpes usually only occurs on one side of the body or the other, so going from one "butt cheek" is highly unlikely. Go back to your doctor and have him/her look at the new lesion. ...Read more

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I have shingles on the lower rightof my back. The pain is pins and needles. Is it normal to vary in intensity from no pain to numbness down my leg?

I have shingles on the lower rightof my back. The pain is pins and needles. Is it normal to vary in intensity from no pain to numbness down my leg?

Symptoms can vary: Several key issues, as an attack of shingles may respond very well to medications. Yes, intensity can vary and referred symptoms at the same rootlet level are not uncommon. But if pain or electrical sensations are not sufficiently quelled, you may require modification of your current treatment regimen. This could evolve to chronicity. Keep your doctor updated on your condition. ...Read more

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I have a small patch of rash just above my right armpit. There is no pain and not much itching. I had shingles about 7 months ago could it come back?

I have a small patch of rash just above my right armpit. There is no pain and not much itching. I had shingles about 7 months ago could it come back?

Prob not shingles: Once you have shingles (or herpes zoster) you build up some antibodies to the virus and it rarely recurs. The rash you currently have might be related to something you came in contact with (contact dermatitis) or dry skin. First try good moisturization and if it persists, particularly if it is at all itching, try some low dose over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream or ointment. ...Read more

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What is the difference in appearance between herpes simplex and shingles on your genitals?

What is the difference in appearance between herpes simplex and shingles on your genitals?

Shingles is dermatom: Shingles is caused by herpes simplex virus type 3. Genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus type 2 and less commonly type 1. Type 1 and 2 cause a painful blister type rash with a red base that evolves into an ulceration. Type 3 (shingles) causes a blister type rash but usually only on one side and usually extends along the thigh, leg or abdomen (a "dermatomal" distribution). ...Read more

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Shingles in aug 2013. Chest, under arm, shoulder. Glands under arm swelled. Feb 2014, slight swelling remains. No pain. Reason for concern?

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Shingles in aug 2013. Chest, under arm, shoulder. Glands under arm swelled. Feb 2014, slight swelling remains. No pain. Reason for concern?

Yes: As far as shingles, no. You are young and the likelihood of developing post shingles pain is lower (absent any coexisting medical issues). The main concern is why did you develop shingles which tends to occur epwhen your immune system is taxed or is weak. The swollen axillary gland needs to be evaluated and possibly biopsied. See you pcp on monday. ...Read more

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70yrs, prescribed brivudine for face & eye shingles, heals nicely, no pain, yet on 4th day neck lymph nodes get swollen & bit painful. Normal?

70yrs, prescribed brivudine for face & eye shingles, heals nicely, no pain, yet on 4th day neck lymph nodes get swollen & bit painful. Normal?

Herpes zoster: It is certainly possible but not necessarily definite that the cervical lymphadenopathy you have experienced is related to the outbreak. Lymph nodes help fight inflammation for a living. If these gradually recede now the chances are that you were correct. There is no way of knowing certainly without biopsy and $$$ tests, but these certainly do not sound malignant. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have been taking antibiotics for a UTI and also Valtrex (valacyclovir) for mild shingles and now I'm having a hard time urinating? No pain just forcing it to flow?

I have been taking antibiotics for a UTI and also Valtrex (valacyclovir) for mild shingles and now I'm having a hard time urinating? No pain just forcing it to flow?

HSV not shingles?: If your apparent shingles involves the genital area or nearby, it is likely you have primary genital herpes instead. Shingles is rare at age 18 but herpes is common; the rash is very similar for both; genital HSV can cause UTI symptoms; and it can cause temporary bladder weakness or paralysis that interferes with urination. The rash should tested for HSV. Recheck with your doctor ASAP. Good luck! ...Read more

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76 yr old Pnuemonia vaccination soon just getting over what GP thinks is Pluerisy 10weeks I thought it may be shingles without rash had CT scan. Stethoscope heard clicking noise from lung, no pain now. GP said I can have pneumonia Vaccine True?

76 yr old Pnuemonia vaccination soon just getting over what GP thinks is Pluerisy 10weeks I thought it may be shingles without rash had CT scan. Stethoscope heard clicking noise from lung, no pain now. GP said I can have pneumonia Vaccine True?

Yes: The pneumonia vaccine is a poor label for the shot. It is a vaccine that helps the body develop antibodies (protection) against some strains of pneumococcal germs that can cause pneumonia. It is a benefit to anyone & you can have it with your history. It does not treat any condition and does not prevent all types of pneumonia. ...Read more

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What can be done about the appearance of my cornea after having herpes zoster ophthalmicus? One eye is brown & the other one has a milky blue splotch.

What can be done about the appearance of my cornea after having herpes zoster ophthalmicus? One eye is brown & the other one has a milky blue splotch.

Ophthalmic herpes: I am not sure much can be done. The affected eye is scarred due to the infection. Have you seen the ophthalmologist? ...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