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Is it possible for you to get a shingles rash without blisters?

Is it possible for you to get a shingles rash without blisters?

Yes: Some patients may present with just the pain and the rash comes later or not at all. Treatment is still the same. ...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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Can shingles rash appear without blisters and pain? 3 days ago felt slight itch on side, 1 small postule with redness around it. Or is this a bug bite

Can shingles rash appear without blisters and pain? 3 days ago felt slight itch on side, 1 small postule with redness around it. Or is this a bug bite

Probably not shingle: Shingles usually present with many painful bumps over an entire area of your skin. One small pustule likely something else. Maybe insect, maybe fire ant bite depending on where you live in the US ...Read more

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I have herpes zoster, the doctor gave me the antiviral, and other medicines, what are the signs of the blisters and the rashes are getting better?

I have herpes zoster, the doctor gave me the antiviral, and other medicines, what are the signs of the blisters and the rashes are getting better?

A week to 10 days: The rash should be completely dry in 7 to 10 days. If persists or new vessicles appear then it would be concerning. Sometimes they can start looking worse before they better. ...Read more

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Can shingles blisters and rash come and go?

Can shingles blisters and rash come and go?

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

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I have shingles have rash now fading no blister or scabing?

I have shingles have rash now fading no blister or scabing?

Zoster pain: 1. Anti-virals- decrease length of symptoms
2. Anti-inflammatories can help with pain
3. Neuropathic pain meds: gabapentin, lyrica, (pregabalin) tcas... Can be very beneficial
4. Traditional pain meds
5. Epidural steroid injections may be needed if it is severe or you fail other therapies.
Hopefully you won't develop phn, post-herpetic neuralgia or chronic pain condition that comes after shingles. ...Read more

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Is shingles contagious when the rash appears but blisters have not formed yet?

Is shingles contagious when the rash appears but blisters have not formed yet?

Shingles contagious?: 32 F asks: Is shingles contagious when the rash appears but blisters have not formed yet? ANS: S is due to reactivation of virus from previous episode of chicken pox in you and is not contagious now but was first time. Discuss with your Dr as they know you best and you did not tell us if you have other health problems. Take pictures now and take with you. ...Read more

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I am experiencing rash on my side shingles. When do the blisters pop and itching stop?

I am experiencing  rash on my side shingles. When do the blisters pop and itching stop?

See a dermatologist: "Shingles", herpes zoster, is primarily painful, not itchy. The vesicles are small and become pussy after a day or 2, then scabs in another day or 2. You probably have something else and should go get diagnosed. ...Read more

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I have a blister type rash that the blisters are matalic in color it is across my whole chest not to one side like shingles please help?

Try domeboro: soaks to dry up blisters, but I would recommend figuring out the cause of the blisters. ( sun exposure, contact dermatitis, blistering disorder). See your derm when a blister is present and a biopsy can be done if necessary to determine what's going on. Doesn't sound like shingles but it isn't always on 1/2 of your body. ...Read more

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I have been suffering with sciatica for about a week. Then i broke out with a rash which turned to blistering. I have had shingles before so i know w?

I have been suffering with sciatica for about a week. Then i broke out with a rash which turned to blistering. I have had shingles before so  i know w?

No: Most likely the shingles was acting up bringing on pain and then the rash/blisters showed up. Occasionally you can have both shingles and sciatica at the same time, but that is highly unlikely. If you are worried see your PCP and maybe get referred to a spine specialist. ...Read more

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Did not start Valtrex for shingles until day 7 of rash. I'm still getting new blisters on day 11. When will new blisters stop coming?

Did not start Valtrex for shingles until day 7 of rash.  I'm still getting new blisters on day 11.  When will new blisters stop coming?

Check Back with Dr.: It would be good to check back with your dermatologist to make sure the diagnosis is correct. Valtrex will only help it it is truly shingles. ...Read more

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Can a shingles rash start flat and itchy before blisters develop? I had ch px as a child. Just developed a rash on the right side of my chest

Shingles: It is possible to have the rash change over time, but a more common presentation is for there to be pain in the area where the future rash will develop. This pain, rather than itching, leads into the full blown condition. ...Read more

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I have shingles. Caught it early on now on valtrex (valacyclovir). Possible to have rash but no blisters ever form? Had rash for 3 days now.

I have shingles. Caught it early on now on valtrex (valacyclovir). Possible to have rash but no blisters ever form? Had rash for 3 days now.

Unlikely: YOu say that you have shingles but no rash. Why are you then on the valtrex (valacyclovir). It would be started for shingles. Now if you have known recurrence of shingles that might make sense. It is however unlikely to have shingles and no rash with blisters. ...Read more

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Just diagnosed with shingles, started on valtrex (valacyclovir) . Will I continue to get more of a rash or will it stop it from new forming blisters/rash?

Just diagnosed with shingles, started on valtrex (valacyclovir) . Will I continue to get more of a rash or will it stop it from new forming blisters/rash?

Shingles: Valtrex (valacyclovir) will shorten the course of shingles if started within the first 24-48 hours of the disease. You may get more of the rash initially but will get less than if you were not treated. Good luck ...Read more

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Does shingles always have a rash? I have a nerve-like pain just below my armpit but no rash or blisters. The pain has been longer than 1 week too.

Does shingles always have a rash?  I have a nerve-like pain just below my armpit but no rash or blisters.  The pain has been longer than 1 week too.

Zoster sine herpete: And that young lady is how we docs say "shingles without a rash." Yes, it DOES exist. And many people are grateful for it since the alternative is have the shingles with all the cosmetic issues. When absolutely necessary we can do spinal taps to identify particles of the virus who are causing the pain and burning symptoms but without a lot of exertion. ...Read more

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My husband has a terrible rash. It's very uncomfortable and it itches. Doesn't look like typical shingles, there are tiny bubble/blisters randomly too?

My husband has a terrible rash. It's very uncomfortable and it itches. Doesn't look like typical shingles, there are tiny bubble/blisters randomly too?

Derm eval: This rash needs to be visualized & a history needs to be obtained in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes lab testing or biopsy is necessary. ...Read more

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Female 35. 1.5x2.5" red rash spinal area above tailbone. Mild pain, light blistering. Would suspect shingles if it was in any other location. Thoughts?

Female 35. 1.5x2.5" red rash spinal area above tailbone. Mild pain, light blistering. Would suspect shingles if it was in any other location. Thoughts?

Blisters: If the eruption is only on one side of the spine, shingles is a definite possibility. If the eruptions are on both sides or in the middle other herpes infection is possibility. Since these are all treatable, I recommend that you be examined by your physician or dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How long will the rash after the shingles vaccine last? Will it blister over?

How long will the rash after the shingles vaccine last?  Will it blister over?

Herpes vaccine : The herpes Zoster vaccine sometimes causes a chick pox type rash at the site. It can remain for 2-3 weeks and should be covered with a clean top. The blisters will dry up and then you are non infectious. All the best and a good choice to have the vaccine. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with bells palsy twice, chronic migraines, possible ms....The shingles i don't have rash or blisters. Is there a relation?

I've been diagnosed with bells palsy twice, chronic migraines, possible ms....The shingles i don't have rash or blisters. Is there a relation?

Relationships: There have been reports that get shingle have a greater chance to develop ms especially within the year following shingles exposure. ...Read more

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Shingles in the middle of your neck? Daughter has a blistering rash at the base of her neck, directly over the spinal column. Painful. not itchy

Shingles in the middle of your neck? Daughter has a blistering rash at the base of her neck, directly over the spinal column. Painful. not itchy

Could be shingles: Chicken pox and shingles are due to the same virus (the zoster virus). If a person had chicken pox in the past (even if she doesn't remember having it), she can get shingles, which is a painful rash in a localized area of the body. Patients with shingles should see a doctor right away to get started on medication, and to confirm the diagnosis. Some people may qualify for the shingles vaccine. ...Read more

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I got a rash on her side that has spread to under the breast. It just looks like a rash but the rash under the breast looks like a blister. Shingles?

I got a rash on her side that has spread to under the breast. It just looks like a rash but the rash under the breast looks like a blister. Shingles?

Shingles?: It may be. The blisters are tiny and called vesicles and grouped close to each other. Generally associated with discomfort, pain, tingling sensation. Many conditions can cause a blistering rash, things ranging from poison oak to diseases of the internal system. Evaluation by a doctor is advised. ...Read more

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Red rash on left leg with blisters that appear to be crusting over looks like a tree branch. Painful and itchy> could it be shingles?

Red rash on left leg with blisters that appear to be crusting over looks like a tree branch. Painful and itchy> could it be shingles?

Yes: From the description given, shingles could be a possibility of your rash. Follow with a doctor for confirmation. ...Read more

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Got shingles on March 17 & small rash. No blisters just red bumps. Didnt pop or pick scabs but bumps won't go away. Redness gone but not bumps. Scars?

Got shingles on March 17 & small rash. No blisters just red bumps. Didnt pop or pick scabs but bumps won't go away. Redness gone but not bumps. Scars?

Question diagnosis: Did you diagnose yourself or did a doctor make the diagnosis? In any case, it is time to consult a doctor as it is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

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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