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What Does Shingles Look Like When It First Starts
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Question unclear: Not sure what your question is. Can you get shingles before getting chicken pox (which may re-activate in later life as shingles)? No. Infection with the chicken pox virus cause pox, first. The virus then lives inside nerve cells for years before it can be re-activated to cause shingles.If that is not your question, please clarify. ...Read more
1-2 weeks: The rash that occurs with shingles usually lasts about 7-10 days before all the lesions dry up and begin to fall off. Lifelong scarring occasionally results. The pain associated with the rash usually lasts about 2 weeks but can persist for much longer (sometimes lifelong) in 10-15% of patients. ...Read more
I gave shingles again! i had them in january 2014 and now march 2014. Is this normal? This second time is bad! the first round wasn't as bad.
Can get shingles mor: It is possible to get shingles more than once. If you were in a lot of pain you might want to talk to your doctor about taking no neurontin, (gabapentin) adrug that might help with the pain. When you get to be older you should also consider getting the shingles vaccine which is 50 percent effective. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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