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What does shingles look like?

What does shingles look like?

A raised rash: The rash of shingles usually starts as red spots which become raised and blister. They can eventually develop pus than scab over.The rash is localized to a specific area of the body following the course of an underlying spinal or cranial nerve and does not cross the mid line of the body pain can occur before, during and after the outbreak. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Herpes zoster is also known as Shingles. Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more

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Treating Shingles (Checklist)

Seek healthcare professional for treatment
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Prevent exposure to people without history of chicken pox
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Take ibuprofen or naproxen for pain and inflammation
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If prescribed anti-viral medication, take appropriately and completely
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What does the shingles virus look like?

What does the shingles virus look like?

The shingles virus: Formally known as the varicella-zoster virus is a herpes virus and they all look the same under the electron microscope. The rash it causes as shingles or zoster mostly occurs as a band like rash on the torso or around one side of the forehead. ...Read more

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What does oral shingles versus oral cancer look like? I'm getting over a mild to moderate case of shingles on right side of my abdomen.

What does oral shingles versus oral cancer look like? I'm getting over a mild to moderate case of shingles on right side of my abdomen.

Shingles/COPD/diabet: oral shingles may look like cold sores of the mouth, but cancer of the mouth usually starts as tumor(varies in size from lentil to a bean size) that may ulcerate later..shingles improve in few days and may take a week or two to heal. oral cancer does not heal..shingles usually multiple small superficial sores but oral cancer usually single and deep ...Read more

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Treating Shingles (Checklist)

Seek treatment immediately
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Wear loose clothing over lesions
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Keep lesions clean by washing daily
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Take antivirals as directed
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Do shingles spread like poison ivy or is it a rash that moves wherever it chooses on your body?

Do shingles spread like poison ivy or is it a rash that moves wherever it chooses on your body?

No: This is a virus like the chicken pox but affects adults. The sores/rash erupt along the distribution of a specific nerve. It does not spread but others should not come in contact with the sores. ...Read more

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If you can get shingles in ear what dose it feel or look like swelling an itching as maybe water is under skin when you touch the swelling thats how it feels on the outer ear?

If you can get shingles in ear what dose it feel or look like swelling an itching as maybe water is under skin when you touch the swelling thats how it feels on the outer ear?

Shingles has pain: Shingles usually is associated with severe pain. The swelling and itching sounds more like an inflammation. It would be a good idea to see a physician. It is possible that it needs to be drained or treated with a steroid cream or with an antibiotic topically or orally or otic drops into the ear. This problem needs to be evaluated so that it does not get more serious. ...Read more

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Treating Shingles (Checklist)

Seek help ASAP, ideally within 72 hours
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Avoid scratching the lesions
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If prescribed antivirals, don't skip doses.
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If 60 or older, consider getting shingles vaccine
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How does the chicken pox rash look like when it appears as I had shingles just worried about my son ?

How does the chicken pox rash look like when it appears as I had shingles just worried about my son ?

Dew drop: The classic description of a chickenpox blister is 'a dewdrop on a rose petal'. However, the appearance of a typical varicella lesion is no longer 'typical' due to increased vaccination rates and decreased incidence of natural, florid disease. The rash is now variable and sometimes difficult to identify, but typically looks like a small bump or scab on a pink or red base with mild itching. ...Read more

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Shingles (Definition)

Clusters of vesicles ...Read more

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