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Recurrence Of Shingles On Chest
Shingles Pain: Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a viral infection of a nerve caused by the varizella zoster virus. It is most common in people over 60 years of age. Most people have little or no pain, that lasts only a few weeks. Some people, mostly over 65, can have severe pain, that is unbearable. For minor pain, take Aspirin or motrin, use capsaicin cream and apply heat or cold, which ever feels better. ...Read more
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 been diagnosed with shingles on my left side but now it has spread to my chest and neck. Is it suppose to do this? How do I keep it from spre
Shingles: What you describe is unusual behaviour for shingles, which typically only affects a limited area of the body at one time. You may have something else going on, so it would be best for you to follow up with your doctor. If it really is shingles your doctor may advise further investigations. ...Read more
Shingles is usually diagnosed based on the history of pain on one side of your body, along with the telltale rash and blisters. Your doctor may also take a tissue scraping or culture of the blisters for examination in the laboratory.
Varicella zoster virus tests detect either antibodies produced by the immune system in response to a VZV infection or detect the virus itself. ...Read more
I am presently suffering with shingles. The rash is gone, but the pain associated with it is almost constantly in the right side of my chest.
Depends on location: If the lesions are on the back, abdomen or sides, they may if it is hard to move. Usually though they don't. ...Read more
I am in my 13th week s/p 2-tract shingles dx. I still have a visible rash right chest & upper back. Question: can I have a humira (adalimumab) injection?
NO: No! You must see your rheumatologist before getting any further injections. ...Read more
I have a blister type rash that the blisters are matalic in color it is across my whole chest not to one side like shingles please help?
Try domeboro: Soaks to dry up blisters, but I would recommend figuring out the cause of the blisters. (sun exposure, contact dermatitis, blistering disorder). See your derm when a blister is present and a biopsy can be done if necessary to determine what's going on. Doesn't sound like shingles but it isn't always on 1/2 of your body. ...Read more
Have had a dull pain on left side of my neck for 7 days. 4 days ago I noticed a small cluster of 6 blisters right in the middle of chest. Shingles?
Likely not: Your question reveals a dull pain on lateral neck, then 4 days later a cluster of blisters in middle of the chest. Shingles is caused by the same virus as chicken pox, and lays dormant and usually strikes elderly people with weakened immune systems. Pain normally referred to as intense, and the blistering would not cross the midline, but be affecting a stripe unilaterally called a dermatome. ...Read more
Can a shingles rash start flat and itchy before blisters develop? I had ch px as a child. Just developed a rash on the right side of my chest
Shingles: It is possible to have the rash change over time, but a more common presentation is for there to be pain in the area where the future rash will develop. This pain, rather than itching, leads into the full blown condition. ...Read more
I have a rash on the left side of my back and chest in a line. It bubbled and it hurts to breathe. Some say herpes others say shingles. What is it?
Shingles: One-sided, severe, burning/stinging/aching pain with an associated rash is shingles until proven otherwise. See your Family Doc to start meds: Valtrex, pain medication, and sometimes steroids. Hopefully, the process can be managed and aborted. The worst-case scenario could involve months of pain that need to be managed with next-level medications. ...Read more
See your doctor.: Although there is not a “cure” for shingles- valacyclovir (valtrex), Acyclovir (zovirax) ; Famciclovir (famvir) can help symptoms. Narcotics (i.e., codeine), tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline), anticonvulsants (neurontin) as well as localized numbing medications can be used for pain. Cool bath or compresses over the rash may v pain/ itching. ...Read more
I have scars across my shoulder and upper chest from shingles blusters. Will Mederma or cocoa butter help fade them? Thank you.
May not fade complet: It may not fade completely ever.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
I have a mystery rash that appeared all over my belly and below my chest that is very itchy following a migraine I had 2 days. Is it shingles?
Not shingles but: It does not seem to be shingles by your description as it is very itvhy and on belly and chest. It may be an allergic type of rash as it is itchy but you should get it checked by your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more
12 days ago, I started having left-sided back, side and chest (bottom of breast to bottom of rib cage) paresthesia. Pa-c ruled out shingles. What could it be?
Go up the ranks: See a doctor to find out if you have a problem at the level of the upper thoracic or cervical spine. Imaging (e.g. Mri) may be indicated. Do not be satisfied with a pa's assessment. Seek advice from a higher echelon, as it were. Symptoms are treatable. Cause may not be benign. There's no substitute for seeing an md/do face to face and getting a thorough exam and thoughtful evaluation. ...Read more
Shingles only: Affects 1 side of the body, in a discrete patch. So if both arms and legs are involved and the chest too, it is not shingles. ...Read more
Pustular rash face/chest when on antibiotics (sinuses) doc said rare skin reaction. Could it have been shingles? Rash going away once med stopped
AGEP?: Acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis? Few other true drug-related adverse reactions result in general pustular rash. This can be a non-specific reaction (can occur with several unrelated drugs) and may be related to complicating underlying inflammatory condition. See Immunologist to review/assess the reaction and to better define future risk. Not advisable to simply avoid the med in future ...Read more
I have shingles, asthma and recovering from chest infection. Now right neck gland sore but not swollen and am very sore to breathe in at neck.
Adenopathy: This is probably a tender lymph node. ...Read more
Should I go to work with shingles? It is on my chest, left arm and left hand. I am on Valtrex (valacyclovir) but do not want to spread chicken pox at work. Help.
Things to ponder: Those with shingles do not spread CPX airborne in a cough or in saliva like a kid with chickenpox. It can only be spread by the debris from the sores. If you have that covered and everybody practices good hand washing, it should never transfer. Data suggests 90%+ of adults are immune anyway. ...Read more
Spots on chest look like chicken pox and 1 in the mouth, back ache sometimes like labour pain is it shingles?
Doubt it: Shingles will emerge from skin on one side of the body, from a single nerve distribution. It does not cross the mid line, and does not emerge in more than one area. The back pain is not part of this. The mouth sore is not. There are many things that produce blistering skin changes.This does not sound like it. ...Read more
Left side waist line overly sensitive painful skin for a week. No rash thought possible shingles but no rash is forming except 2 red bumps more towards my pubic area Chest cold 2 days after it started lost voice and low grade fever?
Painful skin: Consult with us asap to see if you need a Rx for prevention of full blown shingles: have you had this before? ...Read more
No link: There is no likely relationship between the events. ...Read more
Have itchy red bumps on my chest legs and sides. Seem to keep coming and are very itchy. Also have sore throat. Have had chk pox/shingles in the past?
Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more
I am having pack pain in my ribs on the left side. I had a small case of shingles a little over a month ago. Can this still be from that?
If you had shingles in the same area where you are experiencing rib pain - it is possible that you have a case of post-herpetic neuralgia, a type of nerve pain caused by damage to the nerve from the varicella zoster virus which causes shingles.
See your doctor - there are special medications that can ease any moderate to severe pain from nerve damage due to shingles (neurontin vs Lyrica (pregabalin) vs elavil. ...Read more
I've been diagnosed with phn, while never having the rash associated with shingles. Pain in between ribs is debilitating, what can I do?
I have soreness sensativte and bone soreness under breast it also feels weird to touch my skin and it. S not shingles.?
Possibly: Shingles is a recurrence of the chicken pox virus on one particular nerve where it has managed to hide. When it activates, it will follow the course or length of that nerve - where you are describing it, front to back along an almost straight line on one side of body only, right or left. Kinda feels like that prior to skin lesions showing up. Check with your doc. ...Read more