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Is the skin around shingles hard?

Is the skin around shingles hard?

Not necessarily: Possible, if due to swelling of the region, but not necessarily. If you have a shingles outbreak, its best to see a physician for treatment. ...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


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I had shingles and now it is acting up again, but I feel small hard lumps in that area underneath the skin. What are they?

I had shingles and now it is acting up again, but I feel small hard lumps in that area underneath the skin. What are they?

Lumps under skin: Usually shingles doesn't present as hard lumps under the skin. The characteristic rash is vesicular and not nodular, but it's hard to say for sure without a picture and exam. It'd be useful to get them checked to make sure this is really a shingles outbreak and not something else. ...Read more

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Chronic shingles & taking 7 day Valtrex (valacyclovir) pack. 5th outbreak, four days in to meds, legs so stiff & hurt hard walking. Lactic acid? 1 gram 3x day/7 da

Chronic shingles & taking 7 day Valtrex (valacyclovir) pack. 5th outbreak, four days in to meds, legs so stiff & hurt hard walking. Lactic acid? 1 gram 3x day/7 da

Recurrent Shingles: Recurrent shingles results from deficits in cell-mediated immunity, the same problem that people with aids have, and, sometimes, inability to make sufficient antibodies. The two processes are usually linked because antibody production depends on communication between t-cells and b-cells of the immune system. ...Read more

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I have been taking antibiotics for a UTI and also Valtrex (valacyclovir) for mild shingles and now I'm having a hard time urinating? No pain just forcing it to flow?

I have been taking antibiotics for a UTI and also Valtrex (valacyclovir) for mild shingles and now I'm having a hard time urinating? No pain just forcing it to flow?

HSV not shingles?: If your apparent shingles involves the genital area or nearby, it is likely you have primary genital herpes instead. Shingles is rare at age 18 but herpes is common; the rash is very similar for both; genital HSV can cause UTI symptoms; and it can cause temporary bladder weakness or paralysis that interferes with urination. The rash should tested for HSV. Recheck with your doctor ASAP. Good luck! ...Read more

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Numb little fingers and teeth clenching, hard to pee. Am I experiencing acyclovir side effects? I'm taking it for shingles

Numb little fingers and teeth clenching, hard to pee. Am I experiencing acyclovir side effects? I'm taking it for shingles

Shingles: The shingles may affect voiding pattern. Not necessarily a side effect of Acylovir, which is usually well tolerated. One solution is to lower the dosage of acylovir. ...Read more

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Periodic sharp pains in roof of mouth (hard palette). Could this be caused by frequent clinching/grinding or a sign of something more serious?

Periodic sharp pains in roof of mouth (hard palette). Could this be caused by frequent clinching/grinding or a sign of something more serious?

Not grinding: Pain in the hard palate is not from grinding. Have your dental professional take a look when you are experiencing the pain for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I was eating a tortilla chip last week and cut the roof of my mouth. It hurt for days and now I'm noticing a cyst or something from it on my hard palette. I have a picture and would like to share it.?

I was eating a tortilla chip last week and cut the roof of my mouth. It hurt for days and now I'm noticing a cyst or something from it on my hard palette. I have a picture and would like to share it.?

I have known: Of this happening and a piece becomes lodged in the tissue causing an infection like reaction. See a dentist asap for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Red sore on my palette towards my uvula. Got it after I ate. What could it be? Tried popping it but now it's sore. Kind of hard to swallow

Red sore on my palette towards my uvula. Got it after I ate. What could it be? Tried popping it but now it's sore. Kind of hard to swallow

Impossible to say: This is impossible to say what it is without a physcal examination. In general, it is never a good idea to pop any lesion that appears on the body. ...Read more

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I have a hard white spot on my soft palete...my ear hurts a little and under my chin on the right side is kind of hard and feels weird when I swallow?

I have a hard white spot on my soft palete...my ear hurts a little and under my chin on the right side is kind of hard and feels weird when I swallow?

Oral surgeon: Hard to say from info given. Could be an abscess related to a tooth, or small chance tumor. See oral surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump on the hard palette portion of my mouth and it's really sore/tender? Is it just a reg. Growth? I do have a mandibular tori

I have a hard lump on the hard palette portion of my mouth and it's really sore/tender? Is it just a reg. Growth? I do have a mandibular tori

Maxillary Torus: Sounds like a Torus Palatinus, or maxillary torus. Can hurt when it gets scraped or cut. Often happens with hard bread, chips, pretzels, etc. Takes a while to heal. Similar to those in your lower jaw. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Who gets shingles?

Who gets shingles?

Anyone: It is usually a reoccurrence of the chicken pox virus --- more common in the elderly. ...Read more

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Is shingles painful?

Absolutely!: If pain persists after the rash is gone - postherpetic neuralgia (phn) - it needs to be treated aggressively so it does not last forever. The greater the severity and duration of the rash, the more like you are to have phn. Also, the older you are when you have shingles, the more likely you are to have phn. See a board certified pain specialist for help. Don't accept that it will just "go away.". ...Read more

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Is sun on shingles okay?

Is sun on shingles okay?

Shingled: Short term yes, but if you get a sun burn on top of them you'll experience a whole new level of very preventable pain. ...Read more

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Can you die from shingles?

Can you die from shingles?

Shingles: Shingles does not cause death. However, there is a high suicide rate in the elderly who have had shingles and are left with chronic severe nerve pain (neuralgia) which failed several treatments.. ...Read more

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Why is shingles so painful?  

Peripheral pain: Varicella zoster virus usually stays dormant in the ganglion of the spinal cord. Under certain conditions the virus migrates to peripheral dermatomes of certain thoracic areas causing intense pain. ...Read more

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What to do if I have shingles?

There is no cure: The condition is not curable, but is treatable. Symptomatic treatment with analgesics, anti-inflammatory is recommended and antiviral drugs as a preventive.
Stay away from people and be patient. The herpes zoster usually clears in 20 days. ...Read more

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What is the cause of shingles?

Zoster reactivation: Shingles (herpes zoster) is caused by reactivation of varicella zoster, the chickenpox virus, which lives in your nerve cells. It's painful, but if you have a healthy immune system it will get better on its own, and faster if you take anti-herpes drugs quickly. The main complication is post-herpetic neuralgia, chronic pain in the area of the lesions, which is more likely to occur in older people. ...Read more

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Can I have shingles on my butt?

Can I have shingles on my butt?

Shingles pain: Yes. Shingles is a painful nerve and skin condition caused by the virus herpes zoster and occurs in a dermatomal pattern. Usually there are several lessons. Shingles pain can be quite severe and some people will develop phn (post-herpetic neuralgia) a long-term version of shingles pain. There are some treatments that really help and it's important to see your pcp to diagnose and treat shingle. ...Read more

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Does zostrixhelp shingles pain?

Does zostrixhelp shingles pain?

Yes, but...: ...Be aware that zostrix (capsaicin) works by depleting the chemical in nerve endings that transmits pain. In order to deplete the chemical it has to release it, which means that they pain often gets worse for a day or so before it gets better. So don't worry if the pain worsens initially - keep applying the cream. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have shingles?

How to tell if I have shingles?

Belt line: Herpes zoster is shingles and can manifest around the waistline or in the eye area. Do not take it lightly. ...Read more

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What happens if shingles spread?

What happens if shingles spread?

It is limited: Shingles can only spread along the nerve. That nerve has an end. The danger is when the area affected involves the eye. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of shingles?

Shingles: At first, shingles causes weird sensations on you skin. You might feel itching, burning, pain, or tingling. Some people get a fever, feel sick, or get a headache. Within 1 to 2 days, a rash with blisters appears. Blisters most often appear in a band across the chest and back. They can show up on other parts of the body, too. ...Read more

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How can I tellnif I have shingles?

Medical Eval: Shingles can cause fairly dramatic pain which is followed within a few days by a rash. It usually appears in a particular location on one side of the body. The rash burns intensely, itches ; is made up blisters that open up ; crust over. A person could also have a fever, chills, headache and generalized aches ; pains with fatigue. ...Read more

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I'm 77 do I need a shingles shot?

I'm 77 do I need a shingles shot?

Unknown: For younger people it cuts the risk in half. Those who get it but then get shingles tend to have less severe symptoms. The effectiveness for a person of 77 is unknown, probably less. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of shingles?

Painful rash: It is a one sided rash usually in a band or belt - like distribution. There is usually pain or some kind of unpleasant sensation such as tingling or burning. The pain may come before the rash. The rash will usually form into many small blisters. It can also be on the face or arm. See your doctor right away for an antiviral medication to prevent post herpetic neuralgia which is very painful. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of shingles?

What are the symptoms of shingles?

Shingles may first…: Start as a burning sensation in the skin before a patch of blisters appear; blisters are red and somewhat resemble a patch of poison ivy contact. Blisters (like those in chickenpox) break & then scab over. If left untreated, the nerve (s) involved may produce severe pain lasting days to weeks. So treatment at the first appearance of rash is very important, esp. If eye area is involved. See doc ASAP ...Read more

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What is shingles and what cause it?

Only varicella virus: Shingles is a condition where the zoster virus emerges from hibernation in one of your nerve roots. It travels down the nerve and exits in the distribution of that nerve where it causes pain, blisters and skin sensitivity. The only way you get shingles is to have had chickenpox in the past or have received the vaccine (although less often). ...Read more

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How to tell if I have the shingles?

See a doctor: Shingles typically will follow one nerve, therefore is usually isolated to one part of the body. It usually causes a blistering skin rash with associated itching and/or pain. ...Read more

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What are clear signs u have shingles?

Shingles: Or herpes zoster is due to reactivation of the varicella zoster virus established in sensory ganglia following an attack of chicken pox. The resultant inflammation spreads to the peripheral nerve and eventually reaches the skin where it erupts as a rash and extreme pain. ...Read more

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How many types of shingles are there?

One: Shingles is due to the herpes zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox. Once a person has chickenpox, the virus stays with that person, and can re-activate later in life as shingles. The shingles can affect different parts of the body, and may be known by different names, such as herpes zoster ophthalmicus, which affects the eye. ...Read more

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Shingles continuing to cause BP spikes?

Shingles continuing to cause BP spikes?

Could be the Pain: You should see your doctor about increases in blood pressure. Make sure your pain is controlled. This could be leading to increase in bp. ...Read more

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How do I soothe the pain from shingles?

How do I soothe the pain from shingles?

Yes.: Zostrix (capsaicin) is a nonprescription cream for shingles pain, but be aware that it may make pain worse before decreasing it. If you're not allergic to aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen, you can try one of those. Your doctor can prescribe stronger pain meds or other drugs like Gabapentin or amitriptyline. ...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