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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?

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

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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 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?

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

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Can shingles be the cause of hand foot mouth disease virus?

Can shingles be the cause of hand foot mouth disease virus?

No: No.Although the viruses are part of the same family of viral disease, the shingles or herpes zoster is not the same as the coxsackie virus cause of hand foot and mouth disease. ...Read more

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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

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

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Can you get shingles on the palms of your hands? And does it come in a cluster or single bumps?

Can you get shingles on the palms of your hands? And does it come in a cluster or single bumps?

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

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Just had shingles on wrist, finished anti-vitals, now have swelling of wrist/hand. Why?

Just had shingles on wrist, finished anti-vitals, now have swelling of wrist/hand. Why?

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

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Had shingles 6yrs ago. Now am having sores show up on both hands am using triamcinolone cream 0.1%. Keeps coming back.

Had shingles 6yrs ago. Now am having sores show up on both hands am using triamcinolone cream 0.1%. Keeps coming back.

I : I would wonder whether this is related to that. Perhaps it is eczema or psoriasis or dermatitis or another common dermatologic condition. Read more about eczema and psoriasis at the link below. I hope that helps. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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