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Shingles Duration Of Pain
36 year old f very healthy developed a rash on back . Hurts and was itchy. Looks like shingles. Help is it to late for anti viral meds and duration ?
Depends on duration.: I am not sure wether the rash is due to shingles or not. It needs to be checked out by a physician to make sure. If it turns out to be shingles then starting antiviral medicines in the first 72 hours gives a better chance for early cure. It also helps reduce chances of developing residual pain that often persists after the rash goes away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hopefully short : It can vary greatly from a few days, weeks, months, and even beyond a year in some. If the correct antiviral agent is initiated withing the first 48-72 hours, it is more likely to help decrease the symptoms of acute neuritis as well as post-herpetic neuralgia. Even then, there is no guarantee the pain will be diminished with timely initiation of antiviral medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long should I stay off work if I have shingles i was diagnosed with shingles two days ago and am in incredible pain. How long should I stay off work
I : I would recommend you see a dermatologist who can place you on antiviral medication and appropriate medicine to alleviate the symptoms. Typically, if the area is covered and symptoms controlled, most patients can go back to work. See a picture and read more about shingles at the link below. I hope that helps! ...Read more
Variable time course: Hopefully your pcp started you on a medication like neurontin, Lyrica or Cymbalta which actually work on decreasing the abnormal discharge of the damaged nerves. This medication should be gently adjusted upwards until it controls your pain. Then you will have to stay on this medication for a while to make sure it does not come back. Pain pills alone will not be very effective ...Read more
It varies by person: Each person responds differently. Shingles is caused by dormant chicken pox within nerves. It gets reactivated due to immune system stress, moves out to skin, causes rash/pain. Post-herpetic neuralgia(pain) may persist for months. Treatment: capsacin topical cream (never put on rash), low doses of anti-seizure/antidepressant medicines. Prevention: the zoster vaccine lowers risk of future outbreaks. ...Read more
PHN: After the shingle kin rash has resolved you may experience discomfort & tingling sensation with or without pain at the site of the rash. The symptoms usually improve anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. In certain individuals, post-herpetic neuralgia ("nerve pain" after shingles) can be severe & can last for months, occasional up to a year & infrequently beyond that. Treatment is available. ...Read more
The dr started me on gabapentin today, I've had shingles for 2 weeks now.How long before i can expect relief? The pain is unbearable.
How long should I expect pain from shingles to last after finishing antivirals? I believe my rash was mild. How long should I wait to see my Dr?
Shingles: Shingles-reactivation of chickenpox infection w/vzv virus. After chickenpox rash goes away, virus hides in nerve cells & is kept there by your immune system. At times of stress or health conditions that decrease immune system function, virus comes out along a path of 1 nerve as red patches & blisters. Blisters last about 1 wk, pain can last much longer. There are tx to help prevent or reduce pain. ...Read more
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