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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I have gone to many different doctors and told each time that I have the shingles again! My question is I have had the shingles shot but still get the?
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
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
You decide: Shingles differs a lot from chickenpox. Only the debris from the weeping sores will carry any contagious particles. It is not in your saliva & does not get airborne in a cough. As long as you can be sure not to contaminate any of the material you make, and cover the sores while visiting, you are fine to share & enjoy the occasion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Shingles: This condition is caused by a recrudescence of prior infection with the varicella-zoster virus which causes chickenpox. The purpose of the immunization is to prevent outbreaks. It will not eradicate the virus from your body, but you will not be communicating disease to anybody else unless you have active shingles and are in contact with someone who has not had chickenpox or vaccine. ...Read more
Unlikely: As they dry up they are unlikely to be infectious. ...Read more
No: Once they're all scabbed, they're no longer contagious. ...Read more
Neuralgia: By now, the shingles lesions should have gone away, possibly leaving marks but with no blisters, ulcers, or scabs. The pain you're experiencing is post-herpetic neuralgia, which can persist even after the shingles has resolved. There are pain medications, such as gabapentin, as well as topical creams and ointments that can help. See your doctor. ...Read more
Test came back negative for herpes, but could still be herpes or shingles on buttcrack. Not sure whether I have to tell partners??
I have had shingles for six days and just started taking medicine. Wil it still work (the pain started yesterday) (the rash appeared six)?
Should still work: The drugs for shingles (valacyclovir, acyclovir, or famciclovir) are most effective when started early, but at 6 days should help a lot, especially if new blisters were still showing up at that time. Also ask your doctor about steroids (e.g. prednisone) if not already prescribed. A little controversial, but harmless and may help prevent later post herpetic neuralgia (nerve pain). Good luck! ...Read more
I was diagnosed with shingles for weeks ago and I still have the rash on my body and it's still pain full. What can I do to get comfortable.
See your doctor: I suspect you probably have developed a post herpetic neuralgia. The virus damages the neves in the area and you can have severe pain for months. Usually the acute phase of the rash is like little blisters in clusters. If you still have blisters or are still breaking out you need to be seen soon. There are quite a few medications that may help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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