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HI I was dx with shingles 5 days ago, the oozing is almost done. When can I go back to work? I work at a hospital and the lesions are on my face. Tx

HI I was dx with shingles 5 days ago, the oozing is almost done. When can I go back to work? I work at a hospital and the lesions are on my face. Tx

Infection control: Thanks for being aware of this, but you must not rely on this or any online resource. Probably it's OK to return to work now, but you need to contact the infection control service at your hospital and follow their advice. ...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


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Hi. I got shingles 5 days ago and feel better but the blisters are still on my face. Im on prescription too. When do you think i can go back to work?

Hi. I got shingles 5 days ago and feel better but the blisters are still on my face. Im on prescription too. When do you think i can go back to work?

Shingles: The lesions associated with shingles resolve over a few weeks but you can return to work whenever you feel up to it. You should avoid contact with unvaccinated children or immunosuppressed patients though. ...Read more

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I have shingles on the top and bottom of my foot. The blisters still have pus in them. What happens if I bust one? And when can I go back to work?

I have shingles on the top and bottom of my foot. The blisters still have pus in them. What happens if I bust one?  And when can I go back to work?

Work whenever: You can work as soon as you feel comfortable enough to do so. That's an unusual location for shingles, however so I would make sure the diagnosis is correct. ...Read more

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When can a person expect to be back at work after having shingles?

When can a person expect to be back at work after having shingles?

Within 2 weeks: In individuals with a healthy immune system, the sores crust over and are no longer infectious by day 7 to 10, and the rash generally disappears within three to four weeks. http://www.uptodate.com/contents/shingles-beyond-the-basics. ...Read more

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I have shingles on my head. I ama server. I cant really cover my head. Is is safe to return to work? Thank you

I have shingles on my head. I ama server. I cant really cover my head. Is is safe to return to work? Thank you

Shingles: Covering will help but it could still be touched and passed that way. I would not take a chance. You could be serving someone who is not immune to varicella or immune compromised. Be safe! ...Read more

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My brother has shingles. Taking hydrococdone 5/500. It works for 4 hours.Then pain comes back can he take 1 1/2 pills?

Increasing the dose: Very complicated without knowing the age and the weight. The best way to proceed is to ask the prescribing physician if he can increase the dose of he could add something else to the combination. ...Read more

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41 years old. Shingles for 3rd time in less than 2 years. Always on both sides. Sick of meds. Don't seem to work. Feet and legs are covered this time. Last time was face and shoulders. Time before was feet and belly and back.

41 years old. Shingles for 3rd time in less than 2 years. Always on both sides. Sick of meds. Don't seem to work. Feet and legs are covered this time. Last time was face and shoulders. Time before was feet and belly and back.

Doubt shingles: First, confirm the diagnosis. Very atypical story for shingles for several reasons (recurrent; both sides; multiple locations; non-response to anti-herpes meds). Probably not shingles this time. See a doctor ASAP, the sooner the better for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. If recurrent shingles is confirmed, you'll need evaluation for possible serious underlying health problem. Good luck ...Read more

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Why could it be that someone who has the shingles gets them one right after another. Like they go away in no time they are back?

Recurrent Shingles: People with immune system diseases such as aids, diseases that affect the immune system such as cancer and those who take drugs that suppress the immune system because of autoimmune disease or organ transplant are most likely to develop recurrent shingles. ...Read more

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Do i go to work just told I have shingles?

Do i go to work just told I have shingles?

You may: Shingles is a disease that you should take "contact precautions", if it affects a part of your body that will not come into contact with anyone (as your chest or back), you may go to work. I suggest that you wear 2 layers of clothing so no one will contact the lesions. If you work with young children, or elderly people, then i would wait for the lesions crust over before returning to work. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with shingles 5 days ago safe to go to work?

Depends: It really depends. If you're work involves touching people, you might want to wait until the blisters dry and heal over since you can spread the virus during this period of blisters. Typically the blisters heal over within 5-7 days. ...Read more

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Will i still be able to go to work if I have shingles?

Depends on severity: To a large extent the ability to return to work depends on the severity of the shingles rash and/or the associated neuralgia. Shingles is caused by a reactivation of the chicken pox virus (varicella) in people who have already had chicken pox. Caution should be taken around pregnant women even though the virus is not as easily transmitted in shingles as it is in chicken pox. ...Read more

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I have shingles! but I need to go to work. Anything I can do?

Shingles: You should be put on an antiviral and possibly some steroids to help with the pain. That will give you the best chance of not developing post herpatic neuralgia which is chronic nerve pain from having shingles. ...Read more

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If someone at work has shingles, what are my chances of getting it?

Not high: If it is already in the later stages where they have no blisters from the herpes virus. Not high. Just make sure you wash your hands regularly. ...Read more

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What can I do to help not get shingles back?

What can I do to help not get shingles back?

ZOSTAVAX: Zostavax is a vaccine used for adults 50 years of age or older to prevent shingles (also known as zoster). It is not 100% effective, but can certainly provide some improved chances of "not getting shingles back.". ...Read more

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My husband has bad shingles, should I stay home from work for a few days to help him?

My husband has bad shingles, should I stay home from work for a few days to help him?

A better idea...: ...Is to take him to a dermatologist, who will prescribe an antiviral medication (valacyclovir, famciclovir), and if necessary, pain medications. Shingles is a self-limited problem, so you do not need to stay home with him unless you feel it is necessary. ...Read more

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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

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Why do my shingles keep coming back?

Recurrent shingles: If the 'shingles' keep coming back in the same area, it's not shingles - it's herpes. Those viruses are very similar and the eruptions (rashes) they cause can look the same. Both viruses will 'take advantage' of you and come out at times of STRESS or other illness that helps those viruses. Hopefully you can address the causes as to 'why' - if not, see a doc to discuss. There are ways to help u. ...Read more

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Does valacyclovir work if shingles?

Does valacyclovir work if shingles?

Yes.: Valacyclovir (trade name valtrex) is effective against shingles. The faster treatment is started after onset the better it works. Ditto for Famciclovir (famvir). ...Read more

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Is it nornal to have shingles back of my knee?

Is it nornal to have shingles back of my knee?

Possible: Shingles occurs wherever it will. Back of knee is certainly possible and a whole lot better than face or genitals. ...Read more

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Why is there a vaccine for shingles? Does it work?

Real prbs deserve rx: Whenever you have either chickenpox or the vaccine, the virus does its initial thing and is forced into hibernation by your immune system.It stays in hibernation as long as your circulating immunity keeps it contained. Shingles is thought to represent an escape of the virus due to weakening immunity.The vaccine contains a high dose (~14X the kid vaccine) that brings immunity back. I works for many ...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