Top
10
Doctor insights on: Shingles No Blisters

Share

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


2

2
Been on antibiotics for cellulitis and another dr called in med for shingles. No blisters and not tht painful so can't be shingles?

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

3

3
What happens when shingles blisters pop?

What happens when shingles blisters pop?

They'll crust over: If the shingles area is kept clean, then the the popped blisters will crust over, and the itching, burning sensation will slowly diminish, especially if an antiviral agent such as valacyclovir is used early in therapy. ...Read more

4

4
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

5

5
How long does it take for the full shingles blisters to appear?

How long does it take for the full shingles blisters to appear?

Herpes zoster: Usually within 24-48 hours from onset of symptoms. ...Read more

6

6
Do shingles blister always burst?

Do shingles blister always burst?

No: Vesicles in shingles (varicella zoster) often resorb on their own. They may burst , usually self-induced due to the severe itching. Earlt treatment is crucial, because after the reash and vesicles disappear, you can be left with post -herpetic neuralgia. ...Read more

7

7
My shingles blisters are still here, after a month. I took antivirals-why won't they go away? What's wrong?

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

8

8
What should I apply on shingles blisters that have just burst? Should I cover the area with any banadaging?

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

10

10
Can shingles blisters and rash come and go?

Yes.: One may get recurrence of flare ups that may come and go. ...Read more

Dr. Philip Miller
1,671 doctors shared insights

Blistering (Definition)

Blistering is a bubble of skin filled with fluid. They can occur to excessive rubbing (as with a new pair of ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
790 doctors shared insights

Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more