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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


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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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What are symtom of shingles what does shingles look like on skin?

What are symtom of shingles what does shingles look like on skin?

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

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Can this look like the shingles?

Can this look like the shingles?

HERPES ZOSTER: 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

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What do shingles spots look like?

What do shingles spots look like?

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

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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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Does contact dermatitis look like shingles?

Does contact dermatitis look like shingles?

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

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Do bed bug bites look like shingles?

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

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I have had chicken pox and was wondering what do shingles look like?

See the picture: Shingles often makes crops of fine vesicles (blisters) in lenear fashion which elicit pain. ...Read more

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Dr said subconsiuos on scalp large sore for over 5 years on 2 meds for msybe life time what may have caused this and why did it look like shingles?

Dr said subconsiuos on scalp large sore for over 5 years on 2 meds for msybe life time what may have caused this and why did it look like shingles?

Several causes: Chronic sores on the scalp can be due to a variety of causes. Shingles can occur on the scalp, but wouldn't last for 5 yrs. Shingles often start as painful red bumps which then scab over, then eventually the scab falls off. Skin cancer (basal cell) can also appear the same way, but the skin never heals. Lupus can also cause scabbed lesions on the scalp that never heal, and need meds for life. ...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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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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My husband has a terrible rash. It's very uncomfortable and it itches. Doesn't look like typical shingles, there are tiny bubble/blisters randomly too?

My husband has a terrible rash. It's very uncomfortable and it itches. Doesn't look like typical shingles, there are tiny bubble/blisters randomly too?

Derm eval: This rash needs to be visualized & a history needs to be obtained in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes lab testing or biopsy is necessary. ...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 that's 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 that's 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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Does this look like chicken pox as I have shingles I can't attach pic it's like a red rash?

Does this look like chicken pox as I have shingles I can't attach pic it's like a red rash?

Try Prime: You can attach photos in a Prime visit. This may help us get a look and learn more about the history of your illness. More questions needed to determine ...Read more

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Do shingles blisters look like chicken pox and are real sore?

Often shingles hurt: And for some people they hurt a lot, and leaving lasting pain, long after the blisters are gone. That said, some shingles are painless. Go to your dermatologist, he can not only look for the characteristic distribution, but he can also give you medicines to help with the pain and side effects. ...Read more

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Spots on chest look like chicken pox and 1 in the mouth, back ache sometimes like labour pain is it shingles?

Spots on chest look like chicken pox and 1 in the mouth, back ache sometimes like labour pain is it shingles?

Doubt it: Shingles will emerge from skin on one side of the body, from a single nerve distribution. It does not cross the mid line, and does not emerge in more than one area. The back pain is not part of this. The mouth sore is not. There are many things that produce blistering skin changes.This does not sound like it. ...Read more

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What is it like to have shingles?

What is it like to have shingles?

Painful: Shingles tends to be exquisitely painful, with light touch or no touch causing sharp, burning pains. Vesicles (blisters) may also develop at the site of shingles, and may cause scaring. If not treated promptly the pain of shingles may continue on past the acute flare, leading to post-herpetic neuralgia. Get yourself checked if you are concerned you have shingles. ...Read more

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Does shingles feel like a bug bite?

Does shingles feel like a bug bite?

Shingles pain: 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 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