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What Do Shingles Look Like On The Body
Shingles: 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 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
See the picture: Shingles often makes crops of fine vesicles (blisters) in lenear fashion which elicit pain. ...Read more
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
1. Varacella zoster-chicken pox
2. 10-20% of population will develop
3. Reactivation during stressed immune system
4. Initial symptoms include nonspecific (malaise, fever, headache)
5. Develops to mild to severe sharp, stabbing, shooting, throbbing
6. Sometimes burning, itching, pins ; needles
7. Skin lesions, rash not in all cases and is unilateral
8. When involves ear, known as ramsey hunt. ...Read more
Shingles Rash: The spots are usually in a specific distribution on the face or on the rib cage / belly. They can be painful long after the rash disappears. Your doctor can prescribe meds to diminish the pain or you can try an OTC product provided the sores have healed and are not open or weeping. ...Read more
Shingles symptoms: Shingles often starts out as a patch of skin with a burning sensation followed a few days later by vesicles (small blisters) which eventually burst & scab over (just like chickenpox). Some pain may be present during the vesicle phase but more likely to appear in the healing phase. So best to get treatment early to prevent "post-herpetic neuralgia". Face/ear/eye warrant doc visit at once. ...Read more
No: One cannot spread shingles to different parts of his or her own body. ...Read more
Not likely.: Shingles is nearly always limited to one side of the body. In a person with an abnormal immune system the disease could be disseminated. ...Read more
Shingles: Shingles in more than one are of the body can just be "dumb luck" or it can be the sign of a problem with the immune system. Only your doctor can answer that question for sure. You need to be examined. ...Read more
I developed shingles 7 years ago. But after shingles I lost feeling in areas in my body. I had three rows down my back. What can I do to reverse it?
May still reverse: Unsure, different people have different reactions, some pain/tingling for years, some resolve on own, there is gabapentin, and maybe amitryptiline try one at a time or both, but have side effects [sedation/weight gain] but if annoying may help. See neurologist fr further tests and treatment, ...Read more
Just had shingles shot. Never had shingles. How long does it take to have its maximum positive effect in the body-immediate response, weeks or months?
Probably a few weeks: The shingles shot which is 50 percent effective, will probably be somewhat effective within the next few weeks. If you do end up getting shingles after the shot it will usually be a mild case. No one knows how long the shingles shot is effective for. ...Read more
Is it possible to be into 3rd week of having shingles, and have shingles occur on opposite side of body in a different location from the first outbrea?
Yes: Get to a doctor and get treatment to prevent further outbreaks and to treat the current one ...Read more
A little: Shingles always stop at the midline of the body and usually only mildly itchy but can be very painful. Allergic contact dermatitis can occur anywhere after contact with the allergen and is itchy. The blister with contact dermatitis are very small but can be huge with shingles. ...Read more
Pain/lesions pattern: Shingles is extremely painful with lesions or rash in a nerve root distribution. The patient had chicken pox before, and the virus sits in the dorsal horn of the spinal column. People who are sleep deprived, under stress, immunocompromised are at risk. One needs to see the doctor for treatment to minimize the pain and to heal more quickly with steroid course. ...Read more
Ok I'm a roofer and I have some knots on my body. Do u think it's from the fiberglass from the shingles?
Fiberglass: These fibers can induce allergic reactions on the surface of the skin. If they are embedded below the surface they can initiate chronic inflammation that could conceivably result in the types of lesions you are describing, but these would usually be red, itching and very uncomfortable. My advice would be to let a doctor examine these. There are several other possibilities and you need to be seen. ...Read more
Do shingles always reoccur in the same location or can they reoccur in a different location? (Upper vs lower body)? What triggers reoccurrence?
Herpes zoster...: ... (shingles) usually doesn't recur. A second episode doesn't mean anything special, but 3rd or more can indicate an immune system disorder. Recurrences can be either in the same place or elsewhere. Not all shingles-like rashes are shingles. Recurrent herpes simplex, for example, can mimic shingles if facial, genital, buttock, etc. See a doctor ASAP to confirm the diagnosis and get treated. ...Read more
Line vs stripe: Bed bug bites may cause no symptoms or signs in some people. When there is a reaction, it may not show until several days after the bed bug has bitten. It can cause pink, swollen, itchy lesions on the skin. What can be telltale is when there is a linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that does not always occur. Shingles presents with a very painful, burning rash with blisters that. ...Read more
No: You could transmit chicken pox to someone who has never had it, but you cannot transmit shingles to anyone else or spread it in your body. ...Read more
No: Shingles is confined to the nerve distribution of whatever nerve is infected (we call these 'dermatomes'). So the rash will spread out as a band only on one side (L or R) of the body. It may take a couple days to fully spread out and become red, blistery & painful. Hopefully seeing a doc before that happens could limit or prevent that. I've shut down 2 cases where the pt came in just before rash. ...Read more
Usually: Shingles is reactivated chickenpox virus. You don't catch it some other person. It is from the chicken virus that infected you years ago when you were just a whippersnapper. For some reason it seems to confine itself to only one dermatome. I always find it truly awesome (not Valley-speak awesome) to trace the distribution of an outbreak on a person's skin and the textbook dermatome map. ...Read more
Can you develop shingles inside your body without showing a rash externally? If so what are the symptoms?
Internal shingles: Hello. Yes you can. Shingles on the internal organs can cause flu-like symptoms as headaches, chills, body aches, nausea and fever. Internal shingles however are rare More advanced signs include painful swelling of the lymph nodes and mouth blisters. Brain swelling is rare. ...Read more
I had a dermatologist tell me he didn't think it was shingles cause my body was not completely covered. Could he be right?
I was diagnosed with shingles for weeks ago and I still have the rash on my body and it's still pain full. What can I do to get comfortable.
See your doctor:
I suspect you probably have developed a post herpetic neuralgia. The virus damages the neves in the area and you can have severe pain for months.
Usually the acute phase of the rash is like little blisters in clusters. If you still have blisters or are still breaking out you need to be seen soon.
There are quite a few medications that may help. ...Read more
Is there a way to completely eradicate (or severely neuter) the shingles virus from a body? I have a lot if chronic (4 years) pain associated with it
It can be reduced: No but the frequency of shingles can significantly be reduced: Zostavax was 64% effective for those age 60-69 years, 41% effective for those ages 70-79 years and 18% effective for those age 80 years or older. In short, the odds are in your favor that it should be helpful for you so get the vaccine at your next available opportunity. ...Read more
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