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I have shingles on the top and bottom of my foot. The blisters still have pus in them. What happens if I bust one? And when can I go back to work?

I have shingles on the top and bottom of my foot. The blisters still have pus in them. What happens if I bust one?  And when can I go back to work?

Work whenever: You can work as soon as you feel comfortable enough to do so. That's an unusual location for shingles, however so I would make sure the diagnosis is correct. ...Read more

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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Hi. I got shingles 5 days ago and feel better but the blisters are still on my face. Im on prescription too. When do you think i can go back to work?

Hi. I got shingles 5 days ago and feel better but the blisters are still on my face. Im on prescription too. When do you think i can go back to work?

Shingles: The lesions associated with shingles resolve over a few weeks but you can return to work whenever you feel up to it. You should avoid contact with unvaccinated children or immunosuppressed patients though. ...Read more

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When can a person expect to be back at work after having shingles?

When can a person expect to be back at work after having shingles?

Within 2 weeks: In individuals with a healthy immune system, the sores crust over and are no longer infectious by day 7 to 10, and the rash generally disappears within three to four weeks. http://www.uptodate.com/contents/shingles-beyond-the-basics. ...Read more

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My brother has shingles. Taking hydrococdone 5/500. It works for 4 hours.Then pain comes back can he take 1 1/2 pills?

Increasing the dose: Very complicated without knowing the age and the weight. The best way to proceed is to ask the prescribing physician if he can increase the dose of he could add something else to the combination. ...Read more

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I have shingles on my head. I ama server. I cant really cover my head. Is is safe to return to work? Thank you

I have shingles on my head. I ama server. I cant really cover my head. Is is safe to return to work? Thank you

Shingles: Covering will help but it could still be touched and passed that way. I would not take a chance. You could be serving someone who is not immune to varicella or immune compromised. Be safe! ...Read more

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41 years old. Shingles for 3rd time in less than 2 years. Always on both sides. Sick of meds. Don't seem to work. Feet and legs are covered this time. Last time was face and shoulders. Time before was feet and belly and back.

41 years old. Shingles for 3rd time in less than 2 years. Always on both sides. Sick of meds. Don't seem to work. Feet and legs are covered this time. Last time was face and shoulders. Time before was feet and belly and back.

Doubt shingles: First, confirm the diagnosis. Very atypical story for shingles for several reasons (recurrent; both sides; multiple locations; non-response to anti-herpes meds). Probably not shingles this time. See a doctor ASAP, the sooner the better for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. If recurrent shingles is confirmed, you'll need evaluation for possible serious underlying health problem. Good luck ...Read more

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Do i go to work just told I have shingles?

You may: Shingles is a disease that you should take "contact precautions", if it affects a part of your body that will not come into contact with anyone (as your chest or back), you may go to work. I suggest that you wear 2 layers of clothing so no one will contact the lesions. If you work with young children, or elderly people, then i would wait for the lesions crust over before returning to work. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with shingles 5 days ago safe to go to work?

Depends: It really depends. If you're work involves touching people, you might want to wait until the blisters dry and heal over since you can spread the virus during this period of blisters. Typically the blisters heal over within 5-7 days. ...Read more

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Will i still be able to go to work if I have shingles?

Depends on severity: To a large extent the ability to return to work depends on the severity of the shingles rash and/or the associated neuralgia. Shingles is caused by a reactivation of the chicken pox virus (varicella) in people who have already had chicken pox. Caution should be taken around pregnant women even though the virus is not as easily transmitted in shingles as it is in chicken pox. ...Read more

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I have shingles! but I need to go to work. Anything I can do?

Shingles: You should be put on an antiviral and possibly some steroids to help with the pain. That will give you the best chance of not developing post herpatic neuralgia which is chronic nerve pain from having shingles. ...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