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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)

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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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?

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 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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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?

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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Is my shingles still contagious after a week?

Shingles: It is contagious until all blisters dry up and crust over. Typically, this takes 10-14 days. ...Read more

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After having the shingles shot am I still contagious to others?

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

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I need to know about apply cream on my shingles, still itchy...

Creams for itching.: You can try Hydrocortisone ointment over the counter or a menthol cream like sarna. If that doesn't work you can take benedryl pills at night before you sleep. ...Read more

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I have had shingles on my face for three weeks and still in pain?

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

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I have had shingles for six days and just started taking medicine. Wil it still work (the pain started yesterday) (the rash appeared six)?

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

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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 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