Doctor insights on: Shingles differential diagnosis

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I was diagnosis w/ shingles 2 weeks ago. It has healed but last night it started itching again. Do I need to see dr for more antiviral prescription or I'm healing still?

I was diagnosis w/ shingles 2 weeks ago. It has healed but last night it started itching again. Do I need to see dr for more antiviral prescription or I'm healing still?

Itch from shingles: Shingles is a reactivation of chickenpox. After chickenpox resolves, virus stays in nerve cells and comes out as shingles along the path of one nerve. Once vesicles dry, no need for antiviral meds. Nerve is inflamed for a while afterward, so itch/pain can persist for weeks-months. This doesn't need treatment as long as symptoms are improving. If itch/pain persist there are treatments for that. ...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


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Doctor says I have a mild case of shingles. Pain on saturday then diagnosis on thursday with2 (now 3) bumps on left side. Would I be ok w/o famvir (famciclovir)?

Doctor says I have a mild case of shingles. Pain on saturday then diagnosis on thursday with2 (now 3) bumps on left side. Would I be ok w/o famvir (famciclovir)?

Herpes Zoster: Famvir (famciclovir) is approved for treating herpes zoster (shingles). Whether you take it or not is best addressed w/your doc. However, if you don't take it, you run a greater risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is very painful. ...Read more

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Want second opinion on shingles diagnosis. Large red bump on back of neck appeared 48-72 hours ago. Related bumps on cheek too?

Want second opinion on shingles diagnosis. Large red bump on back of neck appeared 48-72 hours ago. Related bumps on cheek too?

See MD: Shingles has very characteristic appearance. You'll have to see another doc for a second opinion since we can't see the problem here on HealthTap. ...Read more

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Got rashes on one leg a week ago, doc said shingles n said my 2yr old son can get chickenpox but he didn't. Is it normal? Or can be wrong diagnosis??

Got rashes on one leg a week ago, doc said shingles n said my 2yr old son can get chickenpox but he didn't. Is it normal? Or can be wrong diagnosis??

Shingles: Your son probably has had his first chicken pox shot which will give him some good protection. Not touching or getting near your shingles helps him not get it also. ...Read more

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Can I get shingles again?

Can I get shingles again?

It's Rare but Yes: The shingles can recurr, but it is extraordinarily rare. If it does, multiple times, you may have herpes. ...Read more

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Who can catch the shingles?

Anyone who has: Had chicken pox, who now has their immunity decrease. ...Read more

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Way do people get shingles?

Way do people get shingles?

Viral infection: Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Once you are infected with chicken pox, the Varicella Zoster virus remains in your body for life. At certain times of stress, or illness, your immune system and get what's called Herpes Zoster (shingles). Not everyone will get shingles, but it is relatively common. ...Read more

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Can I exercise with shingles?

Can I exercise with shingles?

Yes!: You can but do not irritate the area with shingles? Too strenuous activity could prolong infection! ...Read more

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What does shingles look like?

What does shingles look like?

A raised rash: The rash of shingles usually starts as red spots which become raised and blister. They can eventually develop pus than scab over. The rash is localized to a specific area of the body following the course of an underlying spinal or cranial nerve and does not cross the mid line of the body pain can occur before, during and after the outbreak. ...Read more

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Do the medicines cure shingles?

Do the medicines cure shingles?

No: Antiviral medications can help shorten the symptoms of shingles, but do not cure the infection. Shingles vaccine can reduce the risk of getting shingles. ...Read more

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Can you get shingles from a pet?

No: Shingles occurs when the virus which causes chickenpox stays in your body in the nerve endings permanently and reactivates as herpes zoster (shingles). It is conceivable that a pet could have the virus on its coat after touching lesions and then somehow transmit it rapidly (viruses die quickly) to another person who would then get chickenpox, and not shingles. ...Read more

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From where can you get shingles?

Yourself: If one has had chickenpox the virus never leaves your body. It stays dormant inside nerve near the spinal cord. A certain trigger wakes them up and they manifest as shingles. ...Read more

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Can this look like the shingles?

HERPES ZOSTER: 1. Varacella zoster-chicken pox
2. 10-20% of population will develop
3. Reactivation during stressed immune system
4. Initial symptoms include nonspecific (malaise, fever, headache)
5. Develops to mild to severe sharp, stabbing, shooting, throbbing
6. Sometimes burning, itching, pins ; needles
7. Skin lesions, rash not in all cases and is unilateral
8. When involves ear, known as ramsey hunt. ...Read more

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How long would shingles last for?

How long would shingles last for?

Rash or pain: The physical manifestations of shingles, usually rash and small papules (fluid filled blisters) last a few days to a week. The pain of shingles if not treated early and aggressively, can lead to a condition called post-herpetic neuralgia. This condition can be very difficult to treat. ...Read more

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Could shingles cause cloudy memory?

Could shingles cause cloudy memory?

Unlikely, but: If you had direct brain infection from herpes zoster, could cause severe cognitive issues. More likely, the meds to treat shingles, can have side effects, and this may be best answer. ...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