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I have shingles on face can I use ice pack?

I have shingles on face can I use ice pack?

Yes: Yes. Ice will help with swelling. Make sure you see your regular doctor to start appropriate treatment (antivirals). ...Read more

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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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I have very bad itching from shingles on face and scalp!!!!!?

I have very bad itching from shingles on face and scalp!!!!!?

Shingles itching: Hello. Were you prescribed any type of topical medicine to ease the itch such as lidocaine gel 5%? This can be safely applied to areas of intact skin of your face and scalp up to 4 times daily. Just be careful when you are applying it near your eyes. Some oral meds can be converted to topical form and could be useful for the itch like gabapentin, elavil, (amitriptyline) amantadine, etc. These are special scripts. ...Read more

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Shingles on face and went to get eye checked, man before had bust eye with blood went in after him put face on eye thing seen blood on it am I at risk?

Shingles on face and went to get eye checked, man before had bust eye with blood went in after him put face on eye thing seen blood on it am I at risk?

Not likely: You are probably not at risk unless you had an open wound where you placed your face. If this happens to you again please insist that the office staff or physician clean any area before you are placing your face on it if you see blood or any other substances. ...Read more

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4 y/o babysitter has shingles on face. He's only had one dose of chicken pox vaccine. Is he protected?

4 y/o babysitter has shingles on face.  He's only had one dose of chicken pox vaccine.  Is he protected?

Maybe ok, but...: In such a situation, where a 4 year-old is exposed to the virus, he can go get his second chicken pox vaccine today and boost his immunity. This second shot is usually given at age 4 or 5 years anyway. ...Read more

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How can you prevent shingles on the face from scaring?

How can you prevent shingles on the face from scaring?

Early treatment : Once you develop blisters from shingles (or even before) is the best time to treat shingles with oral and topical treatments. Once the blisters scab up and start to heal , it is still important to use a cream or ointment , whether it is silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) or an other antibiotic ointment (e.g. Polysporin). The application of a topical will maximize healing and minimize scarring. ...Read more

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What can I do if I have shingles on the face (and impetigo)?

What can I do if I have shingles on the face (and impetigo)?

Complicated shingles: Shingles complicated by a bacterial infection such as impetigo would benefit from a combination of prescription medications. Pain management and avoidance of touching it as much as possible are preventative measures to take while you are waiting for evaluation. Use new facial towels daily and wash them in very hot water! ...Read more

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I have had shingles on my face for three weeks and still in pain?

Neuralgia: By now, the shingles lesions should have gone away, possibly leaving marks but with no blisters, ulcers, or scabs. The pain you're experiencing is post-herpetic neuralgia, which can persist even after the shingles has resolved. There are pain medications, such as gabapentin, as well as topical creams and ointments that can help. See your doctor. ...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