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My shingles are gone. Why am I still in pain?

My shingles are gone. Why am I still in pain?

Pain after lesions: You can continue to have pain after skin lesions of the shingles disappear. If this burning pain persists, it may mean you have post herpetic neuralgia... Few people develop this condition after shingles and it is very difficult. I hope your pain goes away soon. Talk to your doctor about it. ...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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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 had a shingles shot about 10 days ago. Could i still get it?

I had a shingles shot about 10 days ago. Could i still get it?

Yes: The virus goes back to the dorsal root ganglion(nerve center) and can return. Vancyclorvir(valtrex) can help suppress its' return. People over age 60 should consider the vaccine to prevent the disease. ...Read more

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I got the shot and still got shingles. Why am I getting it again?

It's not a cure: The shingles shot is not a cure. It serves two purposes. First is to decrease the chance that you will have an outbreak. The second, and probably most important , that it decreases the pain of shingles in duration. Some people experience the pain for up to a year after the rash, this is decreased significantly by the shot. ...Read more

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What to do if i still feel the effects of shingles, what can I do?

What to do if i still feel the effects of shingles, what can I do?

Shingles: Symptoms of shingles might persist after all rashes resolved. It is called post herpetic neuralgia. You might benefit from evaluation and treatment from pain management doctor, neurologist or pcp. ...Read more

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Is one course of shingles medication enough if i still not feeling better.?

Is one course of shingles medication enough if i still not feeling better.?

In what way?: Is the rash crusted over? Persistence of redness and swelling in the area could suggest a secondary bacterial infection. Persistence of pain may portend post-herpetic neuralgia. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I got the shingles 3 days ago. Should I still make food for a baby shower?

I got the shingles 3 days ago.  Should I still make food for a baby shower?

Yes: As long as you practice good hand hygiene and the lesions are in a place that can be covered it's ok for you to be around other olks. That being said as an added precaution i would recommend not being around folks with low immunity like patients on chemotherapy, people on anti rejection medicine or HIV patients. ...Read more

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Hi, my uncle have shingles and it started about 4 weeks ago, but He is still in pain. Is there any medicine he can use to ease the pain?

Hi, my uncle have shingles and it started about 4 weeks ago, but He is still in pain. Is there any medicine he can use to ease the pain?

Shingles pain: Providing that no other significant health issues are present (such as liver or kidney disease), Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can be used for pain. If these over the counter pain medications are not sufficient, prescription pain medications are available through a primary care provider. ...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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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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