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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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How to tell if I have a mild case of shingles?

How to tell if I have a mild case of shingles?

Look for a rash: Initially, shingles only produces pain. However, within a few days of the onset of pain, you should see a red rash with blisters that is confined to one side of the body in a stripe. If you don't see a rash, you probably don't have shingles. ...Read more

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How to tell if I possibly have a mild case of shingles?

How to tell if I possibly have a mild case of shingles?

Examination: Shingle most often starts out with pain in a dermatomal or nerve distribution. The rash comes after the pain and can blister and then scab. It is almost always on one side of the body. This is the classic form of shingles. Some people feel that mild cases may not show all the classic rash symptoms and just the pain. It is much harder to diagnose this as shingles. See your medical provider. ...Read more

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I had a mild case of shingles two years ago. Should I get shingles vaccinations?

No: Recent zoster is more effective than the shot. Shingles may occur a second time but this is uncommon. Consider getting a shot in about 15 years. There may be something better then. Shingles can occur at any age, but in normal people people it becomes common after age 60. The shot cuts the risk in half. ...Read more

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I had an extremely mild case of chickenpox as a child. Could I get a mild case of shingles?

I had an extremely mild case of chickenpox as a child. Could I get a mild case of shingles?

Not necessarily: The presence of fewer blisters during chickenpox in childhood does not predict the degree of your shingles should it happen. The prior infection means you have the virus in your system in hibernation. You can certainly have shingles at some point. When or if you develop shingles, the intensity of the outbreak will depend or your health factors at the time. ...Read more

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Doctor says I have a mild case of shingles. Pain on saturday then diagnosis on thursday with2 (now 3) bumps on left side. Would I be ok w/o famvir (famciclovir)?

Doctor says I have a mild case of shingles. Pain on saturday then diagnosis on thursday with2 (now 3) bumps on left side. Would I be ok w/o famvir (famciclovir)?

Herpes Zoster: Famvir (famciclovir) is approved for treating herpes zoster (shingles). Whether you take it or not is best addressed w/your doc. However, if you don't take it, you run a greater risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is very painful. ...Read more

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After full exam doctor diagnosed mild case of shingles on lower back. I'm still paranoid it was misdiagnosed and is herpes simplex - should I be?

After full exam doctor diagnosed mild case of shingles on lower back. I'm still paranoid it was misdiagnosed and is herpes simplex - should I be?

Shingles: Shingles is part of herpes family of viruses so you don't need to be paranoid. You actually do have herpes. Herpes Zoster, specifically. The term Symplex really prefers to type one which is found in the mouth and type two which is found in the genitalia. However, these viruses are all essentially related and affect different parts of the body. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of shingles?

Shingles: At first, shingles causes weird sensations on you skin. You might feel itching, burning, pain, or tingling. Some people get a fever, feel sick, or get a headache. Within 1 to 2 days, a rash with blisters appears. Blisters most often appear in a band across the chest and back. They can show up on other parts of the body, too. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of shingles?

Painful rash: It is a one sided rash usually in a band or belt - like distribution. There is usually pain or some kind of unpleasant sensation such as tingling or burning. The pain may come before the rash. The rash will usually form into many small blisters. It can also be on the face or arm. See your doctor right away for an antiviral medication to prevent post herpetic neuralgia which is very painful. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of shingles?

What are the symptoms of shingles?

Shingles may first…: Start as a burning sensation in the skin before a patch of blisters appear; blisters are red and somewhat resemble a patch of poison ivy contact. Blisters (like those in chickenpox) break & then scab over. If left untreated, the nerve (s) involved may produce severe pain lasting days to weeks. So treatment at the first appearance of rash is very important, esp. If eye area is involved. See doc ASAP ...Read more

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Do symptoms of shingles go away quickly?

Do symptoms of shingles go away quickly?

Varies, but get help: Symptoms need to be treated aggressively so they do not last forever. The greater the severity and duration of the rash, the more like you are to have postherpetic neuralgia (phn). Also, the older you are when you have shingles, the more likely you are to have phn. See a board certified pain specialist for help to feel better sooner. Don't accept that you just have to wait for it to "go away.". ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of shingles on body?

Shingles symptoms: Shingles often starts out as a patch of skin with a burning sensation followed a few days later by vesicles (small blisters) which eventually burst & scab over (just like chickenpox). Some pain may be present during the vesicle phase but more likely to appear in the healing phase. So best to get treatment early to prevent "post-herpetic neuralgia". Face/ear/eye warrant doc visit at once. ...Read more

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I think I have a mild case of the shingles?

I think I have a mild case of the shingles?

Thank you: Thank you for letting us know. Usually patients bring us questions to answer. ...Read more

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How long do the symptoms of shingles last for you?

How long do the symptoms of shingles last for you?

1-2 weeks: The rash that occurs with shingles usually lasts about 7-10 days before all the lesions dry up and begin to fall off. Lifelong scarring occasionally results. The pain associated with the rash usually lasts about 2 weeks but can persist for much longer (sometimes lifelong) in 10-15% of patients. ...Read more

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How long does it take for shingles symptoms to appear?

How long does it take for shingles symptoms to appear?

How long after what?: The pain and/or itching can be present for a day or so before the typical rash. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have shingles? What are the symptoms?

Shingles: Usually pain on one side of the body comes before the rash of shingles, which is also called herpes zoster. The blisters develop in that area. If you see a doctor soon enough you can take an anti-viral medication to help it heal sooner. ...Read more

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How long do the symptoms of shingles last for in a teen?

Varies: Shingles can have groups of lesions which occur for 1-7 days then progress to crusts and healing over the next 1-2 weeks. ...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