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Shingles Vs Scabies
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
I was recently diagnosed with half of what I expected after some research: Shingles AND scabies. Could the scabies have triggered the shingles?
Is it normal to have a prickly feeling & feel like something is crawling on skin w/shingles? (Ruled out scabies w/Permitherin 4 times w/no change.)
Not shingles: Singles is not the cause if you don't have an obvious painful rash in the same area. Nerve symptoms from past shingles (post-herpetic neuropathy might do this, but by itself this isn't shingles. If it's body wide, ask your doctor about delusional parasitosis, which can cause these symptoms. Google it and see if it fits your symptoms. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have itchy bumps for 5 weeks ...I don't know what it is. I don't have diabetes, I've had shingles a year ago...Not sure if its scabies or bug bites.
Have it evaluated.: There are many things that could cause the skin to itch. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My S/O family member is being treated for scabies, she has no symtoms but being treated. Is she contagious even if she has no lesions? stay away?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers