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Shingles On Hands
I have shingles on my hand and work directly with food and have my wash my hands frequently throughout the day. How do I work with this?
Shingles: Shingles is a blistering viral infection (herpes zoster). Check with your doctor. You should not be working with food if you have active shingles on your hand because shingles can lead to chicken pox in people that are not immune to it. The blisters settle within 10 days to 3 weeks, and are non-contagious when they have dried up. If they have dried up, use plenty of hand cream after washing. ...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
I have intense right side & arm pain. 12 hrs ago I had upper rt spasms that made me cry out loud. I also have tiny blisters on my hands. Shingles?
Probably: It certainly sounds like herpes zoster (shingles). See your doc and get treated! The sooner the better. Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream has been reported to help in some cases, if that is available to you there along with anti-viral medications. It is does hurt! I am sending sympathetic thoughts your way! Stay away from pregnant women and people who might have immune deficiency (like on cancer, HIV meds) ...Read more
I have trigeminal neuralgia, had shingles recently, and now experiencing hand tremors in my right hand - I'm a 44 year old female. The only person I am aware of with Parkinson's is a cousin of my mothers. (Not sure how to describe relation to me). The h
Hand tremor: May have nothing to do with trigeminal neuralgia, shingle or Parkinson's disease. (There are many causes for a hand tremor) The best approach to sorting this all out is to consult with a /your neurologist. Hopefully the medication you are taking for the shingles and the trigeminal neuralgia are not contributing to or causing your tremor. If you have a specific question we can gladly address this ...Read more
Extremely rare: It is most likely pomphylox (or dishydrotic eczema). This is more common if your hands are wet alot. Shingles is usually painful and typiclaly occurs on the trunk. To be sure, see a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. Good luck! ...Read more
May be reaction: Of any steroids you may have been given, but it is common to have swelling for days after the initial infection. Watch it subside over the next few days. You may have residual pain to, called post-herpetic neuralgia, from the shingles for weeks or months. And thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more
Had shingles 6yrs ago. Now am having sores show up on both hands am using triamcinolone cream 0.1%. Keeps coming back.
Was told I have shingles, have been numb below waistline about big as my hand for 1 wk & only have 3 spots for 3 days.....Will I break out more?
Shingles: Shingles generally stays on one side of body. If it crossed over it is unlikely to be shingles. Numbness? Not usually, please see a doc. ...Read more
Could sudden intense burning and tingling sensation on my hands and feet be connected to the shingles I had a month ago on back of thigh?
Post-herpetic neural: Post-herpectic neuralgia refers to burning, tingling, stinging, electrical shocky, icy cold pain in same area as healed shingles blisters. Check out http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/postherpetic-neuralgia/basics/definition/con-20023743. So it's difficult to explain why you're reporting symptoms at a distant site from your shingles. Poorly controlled diabetes? Vitamin B12 deficiency? ...Read more
Is neuropathy in your hand permanent? I had shingles to break out on my left during the month of august, the rash has cleared up. Since then it has turned into neuropathy. My question is what is your best recommendation for treatment? I can't bend my inde
Red blisters itchy and spread painful needle like pain when they pop up. A family member 39 has shingles but dr says no, on my hands/arms age 33?
Prob not shingles: Your doctor probably is correct that this isn't shingles. "Hands and arms" (plural) suggests this rash is on both sides of your body, which doesn't happen with shingles. Continue working with your doctor; or see a dermatologist. ...Read more
Should I go to work with shingles? It is on my chest, left arm and left hand. I am on Valtrex (valacyclovir) but do not want to spread chicken pox at work. Help.
Things to ponder: Those with shingles do not spread CPX airborne in a cough or in saliva like a kid with chickenpox. It can only be spread by the debris from the sores. If you have that covered and everybody practices good hand washing, it should never transfer. Data suggests 90%+ of adults are immune anyway. ...Read more
My whole body hurts especially my back and left arm. I've been real gassy (burping a lot) and shortness of breath. Hands go numb could shingles cause?
Painful, itchy rash on palms of hands & soles of feet, followed shortly by acute infection of 1 eye (treated) but rash persists. Herpes Zoster?
I have horrible pain in elbow and wrist and fingers from shingles, im on hydrocodone and neuroton, but pain is unbearable?
Herpes zoster: This virus, when creating "shingles" may create a post-herpetic neuralgia which usually manifests by pain but which may affect nerve impulse transmission. Even if that were the case, however, it does not mean that your numbness in the right hand is necessarily due to that. You may have carpal tunnel syndrome or other issues. Best to be seen by neurologist and evaluated. ...Read more
All blood work normal. Neck cracks when I turn my head, pain radiates to my arms, wrists, and hands. Arthritis? Shingles?
Stenosis: One of the more common causes of what you are describing is cervical stenosis secondary to facet arthropathy. There are other potential causes as well. Don't hesitate to be seen for a specific diagnosis and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more