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Shingles No Blisters
Child had chicken pox.Developed shingles w/ blisters on scalp.Chronic pain 4 12 yrs no rash.Told fibromyalgia. Could this b shingles? How to test?
Been on antibiotics for cellulitis and another dr called in med for shingles. No blisters and not tht painful so can't be shingles?
Too many cooks: Sounds like there may be too many cooks in your medical kitchen. Hopefully these two physicians were aware of each other's treatments and reasoning, but a revisit to one of them for clarification is probably in order if your symptoms are confusing or you are not responding to treatment. Hope you are feeling better soon! ...Read more
Herpes zoster: Usually within 24-48 hours from onset of symptoms. ...Read more
My shingles blisters are still here, after a month. I took antivirals-why won't they go away? What's wrong?
Skin damage: It is likely the infection has cleared with the anti-virals, but the damage to the skin can take months to heal. It's not unlike a burn - the skin has to regenerate and create new skin cells, and these areas can be extra sensitive for weeks to months. Think of it in terms of a broken bone - often takes 6-8 weeks to make that new bone after a fracture. Same for skin to heal. ...Read more
Is it normal for the skin where the shingles blister scabs once were to itch right after the scabs fall off? Does it mean blisters will reappear?
What should I apply on shingles blisters that have just burst? Should I cover the area with any banadaging?
Yes do that as....: Cool water compresses to any weeping blisters ~ 20 minutes several times will soothe and help dry the blisters, at which point stop the compresses. Applying petroleum jelly can aid healing. Keep the area clean with mild soap and water. Do not scratch. Wear loose clothing. ...Read more
If pain continues: Your symptoms should begin to improve after the blisters crust and heal. You are no longer contagious. Pain that persists afterwards is called post-herpetic neuralgia and can become chronic. There are many treatment options if this happens. Discuss your susceptibility with a doctor if you get repeat outbreaks. ...Read more
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