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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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Is it safe to share a shower with someone who has shingles?

Is it safe to share a shower with someone who has shingles?

Depends on immunity: Herpes zoster is the chicken pox virus, so a person with zoster can touch any normal person (not immunocompromised, not on prednisone, not a baby) who has immunity to the virus from a past vaccination or a past case of chicken pox or zoster. Otherwise, the zoster patient can wait until all his rash is fully healed (although he is probably not contagious once his scabs are all dry and healing). ...Read more

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Can a shower help with shingles?

Can a shower help with shingles?

Perhaps: It may help in easing pain or itching, but will not make it heal any faster. ...Read more

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You can shower if you have shingles?

You can shower if you have shingles?

Yes: Showering when a person has shingles is the same as normal showering . . . Except that one must be gentle and not scratch the skin lesions and scabs with his fingernails. Allowing the scabs to heal and come off the scalp by themselves is the best thing to do. The doctor can prescribe medications to relieve pain and unusual skin sensations, plus help prevent new shingles lesions. ...Read more

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Can you shower if you have shingles?

Yes should be fine: However the shingles may hurt while taking shower. But taking cool shower may actually help with pain. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with shingles 5 days ago safe to go to work?

Diagnosed with shingles 5 days ago safe to go to work?

Depends: It really depends. If you're work involves touching people, you might want to wait until the blisters dry and heal over since you can spread the virus during this period of blisters. Typically the blisters heal over within 5-7 days. ...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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Would it be safe for me to pop shingles blisters?

Would it be safe for me to pop shingles blisters?

No: Leave the blisters alone. By popping those you are more likely to get the raw area infected. ...Read more

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Someone close to me was recently diagnosed with shingles. Is it safe for her to tan?

No: Tanning is not safe and is not recommended for anyone. It increases the risk of skin cancer and accelerates facial and body aging. Sunscreen with titanium and zinc can help protect you from uva and uvb rays, but avoiding sun exposure is best. Spray tanning and tanning lotions are a reasonable alternative to achieve a bronzed look, but they may not be safe for pregnant/ lactating women. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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