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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
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
Within 4-5 days: It should probably be within 4-5 days,maybe a little longer or shorter ...Read more
Varies: based on the severity of the infection: figure 7-10 days. ...Read more
I have recurring skin rashes in different areas that appear like fever blisters or shingles and itch. I never had chicken pox. It lasts a couple wks. ?
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
My doctor said I have herpes zoster. After taking tablets and applying cream, blisters and other red rashes continue to form along my jawline. Help!
I've had shingles for a month now.The blisters and rash is gone nut the paim is still intolerable. Any suggestions?
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
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
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
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?
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?
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
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.
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?
Reoccuring rash (small blisters)on right buttock, tested for herpes, I do not have herpes. If not shingles or herpes what could it be?
Celiac?: A number of conditions can cause lesions like you describe. See a dermatologist. ...Read more
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
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
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
I believe I have shingles. The rash appeared yesterday and is blistering today. Can i wait until morning to visit a walk in cl or should I go to an ER tonight? Female, 51 yrs, high level of daily stress
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
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
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
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
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