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Is it ok to put rubbing alcohol on shingles open sores?

Is it ok to put rubbing alcohol on shingles open sores?

Shingles: As soon as you are diagnosed with shingles, your doctor probably will start treatment with antiviral medicines. If you begin medicines within the first 3 days of seeing the shingles rash, you have a lower chance of having later problems, such as postherpetic neuralgia. You can use alcohol but it will not treat the shingles ...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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Can I send pic of rash on back Shingles?Also recouping knee replacement.cause get it again? '88had shingles same area.sores in hair make neck. To do

Can I send pic of rash on back Shingles?Also recouping knee replacement.cause get it again? '88had shingles same area.sores in hair make neck. To do

Try HealthTap PRIME: HealthTap PRIME doctors see and treat you, via smartphone, tablet, or laptop. They can see photos you upload into your FILES. You can also send images while in the middle of a live PRIME consultation. PRIME can be accessed from anywhere in the world, and patients just have a monthly subscription fee. (Doctors answering HealthTap BASIC free questions are not able to see patients' images or photos.) ...Read more

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Can you put something on the sores for shingles ?

Can you put something on the sores for shingles

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Shingles: Oral medications like Valtrex (valacyclovir) are best, but neosporin with Lidocaine can be used to prevent secondary infection. It will not speed healing. ...Read more

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Can my adult acne be shingles ? I get cold sores a lot too

Can my adult acne be shingles ?  I get cold sores a lot too

Unlikely: First of all, shingles is usually on the torso, not the face. It's also localized to a specific strip of skin (dermatome). Shingles involve a lot of pain as well, so unless your really hurting, it's not shingles. The virus that causes cold sores and shingles are similar, but they aren't exactly the same. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Have Shingles Feb.been getting sores in my head, face, mouth, pubic area, am on Valtrex (valacyclovir) rashes are itchy causing pain how do I get rid of shingles ?

Have Shingles Feb.been getting sores in my head, face, mouth, pubic area, am on Valtrex (valacyclovir) rashes are itchy causing pain how do I get rid of shingles ?

Change antiviral?: You cannot get rid of the virus that causes chicken pox and also shingles - varicella zoster. Would be odd, but not impossible, to have shingles on face and pubic area. May be another virus. Liquid from oozing lesions can be tested to see what virus it is. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is away to make canker sores or herpes zoster (shingles) from coming back?

Please let me know if there is away to make canker sores or herpes zoster (shingles) from coming back?

No: These are two different problems. The cause of canker sores or recurrent aphthous ulcers is not currently known. Treatment involves covering the ulcers with topical medication to decrease exposed ulcerated tissue and provide pain relief. Shingles is a from a virus that can recur and there is not any preventative treatment available. ...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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I recently had Shingles, now I am getting cold sores on both my lips and now I have a rash in my vaginal area, what is wrong with me?

I recently had Shingles, now I am getting cold sores on both my lips and now I have a rash in my vaginal area, what is wrong with me?

Stressed host : Not sure I have the answer, but it sounds as though your body's defenses may be compromised, perhaps by the stress of your recent bout with shingles. Cold sore outbreaks are often related to stress, whether physical or emotional. The genital area rash may or may not be related. Suggest you see you doctor for examination. ...Read more

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Deep sharp pain on either side of my spine. It's not constant, sometimes alternating. Also have a painful rash of sores on both of shoulder blades. Are these shingles?

Herpes zoster: These recurrent outbreaks of "shingles" are almost always only on one side of the body and distributed along a single nerve root. Show this to a doctor to get an accurate diagnosis. ...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