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What Type Of Ointment Do You Use If You Have Shingles
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 below: Xenoderm is used for wounds rather than rashes; it may provide minimal pain relief, but there are much better medications your doctor can give for shingles pain. Xenoderm is also used for removing dead skin from wounds, which generally isn't necessary with shingles. Antiviral meds from your doc are best for treating shingles & preventing pain (post-herpetic neuralgia). ...Read more
Bacteria vs virus:
Very good question. Mupirocin (bactroban) is an antibiotic that is often used for bacterial based skin infections like impetigo.
Shingles is caused by a virus, herpes zoster, and requires antiviral medications. Having said that, if you picked at your lesions they may have an additional bacterial component to them which umpired in might help. ...Read more
One: Shingles is due to the herpes zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox. Once a person has chickenpox, the virus stays with that person, and can re-activate later in life as shingles. The shingles can affect different parts of the body, and may be known by different names, such as herpes zoster ophthalmicus, which affects the eye. ...Read more
Hi, my uncle have shingles and it started about 4 weeks ago, but He is still in pain. Is there any medicine he can use to ease the pain?
Shingles pain: Providing that no other significant health issues are present (such as liver or kidney disease), Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can be used for pain. If these over the counter pain medications are not sufficient, prescription pain medications are available through a primary care provider. ...Read more
See a dermatologist: The details matter! Where is it? How long? Are you SURE it is shingles? It is unusual for this to cause significant itch. PAIN is always present, especially at your age. The degree of pain varies. If it is not your face or eyelids you can try a topical cortisone. This diagnosis is frequently made in error by Drs who are not skin specialists. ...Read more
Calamine lotion: No medicine will clear up shingles. However you can try to put some soothing cream on the area to keep it from being uncomfortable. ...Read more
If I have adult type II diabetes, am I at risk of catching shingles from being around an individual who has an active case of shingles?
As long as you had chickenpox as child, you are not susceptible to getting it again.
[ but a child/adult who has not had chickenpox could get if exposed to the liquid within the vesciles of a patient with shingles.
Shingles is the adult recrudescence of varicella virus that has been dormant in ones nerve root since childhood. Comes out in some, when older, for unclear reasons. ...Read more
Sorry it won't work: If you really have shingles, what you need is an antiviral medicine, not an antibiotic. Sometimes the shingles become infected since they are damaging the top layer of skin-so in that case an antibiotic might help, although I usually like something 'local' such as bacitracin ointment. You should call your doctor for an antiviral medicine-acyclovir, valacyclovir or famciclovir. Hope you feel better ...Read more
Best treatment is: Oral antiviral meds: shorten course of infection & help prevent nerve pain of untreated shingles. Topical creams containing capsaicin may provide some relief from pain, but this hot-pepper derivative may "burn" or irritate the skin of some people (& should be used with caution to prevent getting in eyes). Topical preps with Benzocaine may help. ...Read more
I have had shingles on my back and on my abdomin- I have the same type of cluster pinples on the butt-painful and veery itchi can this also be shingle?
I think I have zoster sine herpete or shingles without the rash. What type of doctor should I see?
I have shingles do I have to put lotion cream on my face after a shower because I don't.I had shingles know for 1 week and 2 days when I take a shower I don't put lotion cream on my face is it necessary to put lotion can I use pond cream or just stay the
Shingles rash: Shingles can be very painful and the rash can be quite blistery and raw. It is therefore advisable to take care of this damaged and inflammed skin. If it's been 9 days already, hopefully things are getting better. The point is to be careful to protect the skin so no further damage occurs and to prevent secondary bacterial infection (if the skin is already broken up and damaged). See MD if in doubt ...Read more
I don't know if this rash developed over a 3 day period is an allergic reaction, or could be shingles, or even another type virus. I have never had chicken pox as a child, I confirmed this with my mom?
Get it checked: Trying to diagnose a rash by phone or email is the most frustrating thing in the world. It could be all those things you mentioned, a post viral rash, a contact irritation, or even a topical staph infection. A doc can give you an immediate and accurate answer as to what it is, and what to do for it. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with shingles about 4 days ago on my scalp. I have not washed my hair since. I was told to use baby shampo. I'm a little nervous?
Single relates to having being exposed to varicella virus previously.
Because you are still early before 7 days, you should be on an antiviral medication per your md.
Washing your hair is fine and should not affect the condition one way or the other.
Go head wash your hair and keep area clean to prevent secondary bacterial infections. Any shampoo is fine. ...Read more
Not good: Your scar will be ugly, just be patient. I assume you are receiving local and systemic therapy. Dr m. ...Read more
Had shingles on side of waist and back 3 yrs ago still have nerve pain and itchy. Is there a cream I can use?
After applying ointment and having medicine for herpes zoster my infected area is itching more and it stings mostly. Should I worry?
Details are everythi: Do you really have zoster? Or something else? This diagnosis is frequently wrong. You fail to describe enough for any speculation about diagnosis. You did not bother to name the "ointment" or the "medicine" or how long in use. Go see a dermatologist. ...Read more
I have some type of a rash and its on my left side of my body. I thought they were hives but I have had them 3x's with breakouts. Shingles?
Not enough info.: It is hard to say. Rashes are such a visual thing, that it is important to get into a physician, more specifically a dermatologist, for an exam and more thorough history. The fact that is only on one side speaks to the fact it could be shingles, but to have it recur 3 separate times is quite unusual. Hives can occur randomly so this cannot be ruled out either. See a derm to answer your question. ...Read more
How to remove scarring from cornea from herpes zoster? Also, what type of vision correcting surgery can I do when I have herpes zoster (shingles)?
Few Options: Scars from Zoster can run deep, making removing them very difficult without damaging the rest of the cornea. Vision correcting surgery (LASIK, PRK, etc.) are not indicated nor useful for corneal scars. If the scar is not in the center of vision it is left alone; if it is severely affecting you, a corneal transplant may be the only option. ...Read more
Have had increasingly itching, burning skin after shower. I use no dyes, additives. Now it's itching when I get upset! Had shingles 6months ago. Help!
Aquagenic Pruritus: Aquagenic pruritus is a condition in which contact with water of any temperature causes intense itching without any visible skin changes. The episodes can begin anywhere from 1 to 15 minutes (or more) after contact with water and typically lasts 10 to 120 minutes (average: 40 minutes). The cause of aquagenic pruritus is unknown; however, familial cases have been described. Try antihistamines. ...Read more
I have a blister type rash that the blisters are matalic in color it is across my whole chest not to one side like shingles please help?
Try domeboro: Soaks to dry up blisters, but I would recommend figuring out the cause of the blisters. (sun exposure, contact dermatitis, blistering disorder). See your derm when a blister is present and a biopsy can be done if necessary to determine what's going on. Doesn't sound like shingles but it isn't always on 1/2 of your body. ...Read more
I took Keflex and had hives all over my body, was told not to use Penicillin or Sporin dugs. Hives again from Neosporin, Can I take the Shingles Shot?
I had ophthalmic shingles back in June 2017. The redness in my cornea persists after I stop Tobradex. Is it ok to use Tobradex every time the redness is back? Is there another medication that can help treat this condition or has this become chronic?
See your ophth: Tobradex is a combination antibiotic and steroid that should be used at the direction of an experienced ophthalmologist. Talk to your doctor for an evaluation and to see if you also need other treatments to manage ongoing or recurrent inflammation. This is important, because it can have a long term effect on your vision. ...Read more
I have a small rash clustered together on my lower stomach. I have the same type of rash on my lower back. It iches but is not painful. Shingles? Help
I have shingles on my left buttock and inside my bottom. If I use a public toilet could I pass the shingles or chicken pox to someone else?
Low risk: Any viral debris shedding from your sores can pass the germ until it is dried out. You can carry some antiseptic towelettes and wipe down after you go. This would sanitize the lid. If not the debris could remain contagious for a few hours at most. ...Read more
I got a shingles vaccination 2 days ago. Intense itching and red rash started last night. Ice helps lessen the itching. What else can I use? Cortisone
Allergic: It sounds like you are allergic to something in the vaccine. See a doctor or the ER of your local hospital. ...Read more
I have had a "sunburn" type sensation on my arms, neck and shoulders. Mostly my arms. It's worse in the evening. Can this be shingles w/o the rash?
Unlikely: You didn't state how long this has been a problem. Shingles only rarely comes without rash. Also it is almost always on one side. ...Read more
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