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Can shingles leave permanent scar?

Can shingles leave permanent scar?

Yes: It is not usual but yes, any rash could potentially leave a scar or discoloration. ...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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What's the expert opinion, could the shingles scars eventually wear off?

Forever Present: A scar forms when there is healing of an injury to the tissues. Remember that with almost all wounds, healing continues for months and months as we change the stress on the tissues. A scar forms as a result and may have many different appearances and colors. Any dark coloration may fade over time but the tissues never are the same and so some scarring will always be there. ...Read more

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Pink scar-like "splotches" spreading on stomach years after having shingles? What could it be?

Pink scar-like "splotches" spreading on stomach years after having shingles? What could it be?

Rash: It is hard to say without looking at it, probably nothing to do with the shingles. It could be rash, may be an inflammation on the skin or some form of dermatitis. ...Read more

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I had Shingles (Herpes Zoster) 6 months ago but the scars are still there on my face. How can I get rid of the scars? Please help.

I had Shingles (Herpes Zoster) 6 months ago but the scars are still there on my face. How can I get rid of the scars? Please help.

Improve, not remove.: Scars cannot be removed but there is a large variety of techniques to improve their appearance, both surgical and non-surgical. Avoid sun exposure; it may take up to a year for the scars to fully mature. See a plastic surgeon to begin your search for an appropriate course of action.

Good luck! ...Read more

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My shingles are starting to scab I think, how long until they have scabbed and drop off? Also will they scar? How do I prevent scarring?

My shingles are starting to scab I think, how long until they have scabbed and drop off? Also will they scar? How do I prevent scarring?

About a week or two: Any scab will take 1-2 weeks before they fall off. Keep the scabs softened with moisturizer or petroleum jelly to reduce the chance for scarring. ...Read more

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Got shingles on March 17 & small rash. No blisters just red bumps. Didn't pop or pick scabs but bumps won't go away. Redness gone but not bumps. Scars?

Got shingles on March 17 & small rash. No blisters just red bumps. Didn't pop or pick scabs but bumps won't go away. Redness gone but not bumps. Scars?

Question diagnosis: Did you diagnose yourself or did a doctor make the diagnosis? In any case, it is time to consult a doctor as it is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you. ...Read more

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Fatty liver had shingles and mono. 3 blood tests high AST and alt. Now hep panel. What's wrong?

Fatty liver had shingles and mono. 3 blood tests high AST and alt. Now hep panel. What's wrong?

Did you have c pox?: Fatty liver........Lose some weight
mono...Common
shingles after mono, in theory mono could have had a neg effect on you immune system and you got shingles from previous c pox or from vaccine. You need ebv quantitated pcr and check for hep a, b and c. ...Read more

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Rt rib flank pain. Unable lay rt side. No fever / vomiting. Yellowish bm. Stripe rash rt side brief less than 12 hr. Shingles? Gallbladder? Liver?

Rt rib flank pain. Unable lay rt side. No fever / vomiting. Yellowish bm. Stripe rash rt side brief less than 12 hr. Shingles? Gallbladder? Liver?

POSSIBLY: Certainly, herpes zoster (shingles) can present as a severe pain along a dermatome, and can be associated with a rash. If this is a concern I suggest evaluation sooner than later, as some of the medical management must be started early in the process to be effective. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can liver disease or inflammation relate to having swollen lymph nodes in groin (tender) for 7 months? Started near time of shingles outbreak. Tired.

Maybe: What was the cause of the liver disease? Shingles are a recurrence of dormant virus living in a nerve root. The shingles is an opportunist that comes as a rash, when the immune system is compromised. In itself it can make you very poorly. The liver disease is important to know about. How bad is the liver? ...Read more

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1yr sober. Ct liver spot. Egd minor antral erosns. Chronic d. Last 6wks, painful d w/blood 2x/wk. Last 2 wks, constip. Low fever, abdo pain daily. Some nausea. Had shingles last year. Autoimm issue?

1yr sober. Ct liver spot. Egd minor antral erosns. Chronic d. Last 6wks, painful d w/blood 2x/wk. Last 2 wks, constip. Low fever, abdo pain daily. Some nausea. Had shingles last year. Autoimm issue?

Diverticulitis: Is a common cause of your symptoms. The liver "spot" offers no information and you need to make sure that there is no underlying lesion such as hepatoma producing that finding. Bottom line, see a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I have shingles and I would just like to know if you think swimming would cause worse scarring. The shingles began one week ago.

I have shingles and I would just like to know if you think swimming would cause worse scarring. The shingles began one week ago.

Contagion: A person with shingle can transmit the chicken pox virus to some one who is not immune. Do not go swimming unless all the lesions have crusted over, and preferable till after the crusts have fallen off.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Can I have scarring from a case of shingles I had last year.?

Can I have scarring from a case of shingles I had last year.?

Yes, scars can occur: Shingles can cause lesions in a dermatonal distributuion, i.e. Along a nerve root. These vesicles can scar. To decrease the risk of poor
scars, one should take a course of an antiviral agent (e.g. Zovirax) and a 6 day Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack as well as topicals. It is extremely important not to scratch the lesions. For 6 monthes avoid the sun on the scars, use vit e or aloe or Mederma 2 times a day. ...Read more

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What could cause scar tissue in the liver?

What could cause scar tissue in the liver?

Cirrhosis: Scar tissue in the liver is also referred to as cirrhosis. It can be caused by excessive long term alcohol use, chronic hepatitis, bad fatty liver and some other more rare causes. ...Read more

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I have 2 tumors in my liver I have just found out the my MRI has shown a scar on one what could this be?

I have 2 tumors in my liver I have just found out the my MRI has shown a scar on one what could this be?

Tumor: The scarring is probably associated with inflammatory change in the tumor. Please ask the physician that ordered the scan to explain it to you. ...Read more

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Very high liver enz, not a drinker, biopsy shows scars, hepatologist don't know reason, enz won't go down. Where to go?

Very high liver enz, not a drinker, biopsy shows scars, hepatologist don't know reason, enz won't go down. Where to go?

Ask Liver Doc: The hepatologist is the expert in this case. Discuss with them and decide why the enzymes are up. If you are overweight, than heaptic steatosis is common and slowly losing weight may start to show your liver function tests going down over time. Either way, the liver specialist you have seen and who knows your case best, will be able to tell you what to do next. Write down questions and ask dr. ...Read more

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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)?

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

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I have scarring on the cornea of my eye from a case of shingles. Is it permanent damage?

I have scarring on the cornea of my eye from a case of shingles. Is it permanent damage?

In some cases: Scarring of the cornea is a problem, and requires evaluation and management by an ophthalmic surgeon. In extreme cases, corneal transplants are recommended to improve visual distortion. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have scar tissue on my liver from a c section?

Is it normal to have scar tissue on my liver from a c section?

Probably not, but...: Data needed: 1) how big is your liver, ; how big is the lesion/scar? 2) how was it found ; how long has it been there (seen before c-section?) 3) enlarging, ; at what rate? 4) does it appear cystic, solid, linear? 5) is it causing symptoms? 6) do you have underlying liver disease? 7) has a tissue diagnosis (biopsy) been pursued? 8) more than one lesion/scar? Thanks for helping us help you. ...Read more

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My dr tried to perform an ablation & couldn't. He says I have scar tissue everywhere from my c sections including my liver, is that normal?

My dr tried to perform an ablation & couldn't. He says I have scar tissue everywhere from my c sections including my liver, is that normal?

Yes, but: Presuming you are referring to an endometrial ablation, scar tissue within the uterus can make it impossible to insert the instrument into the uterus. The only way adhesions outside the cavity of your uterus could affect this would be from tilting your uterus in a difficult angle. Sometimes this can be overcome with medications or a more experienced hysteroscopic surgeon. ...Read more

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Could liver help the scars and deep chicken pox scar to heal and smooth?

Could liver help the scars and deep chicken pox scar to heal and smooth?

I don't believe that: Ingesting liver will make any significant changes to scars. Recommend dermatology or plastic surgery consultation. Take care. ...Read more

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I have scarring on the cornea of my eye from a case of shingles I had last year. Any cure for it?

I have scarring on the cornea of my eye from a case of shingles I had last year. Any cure for it?

Probably: The cornea is notoriously poor at getting rid of scar tissue. The scarring creates opacities that disturb the vision, sometimes to a significant degree. If superficial, it can sometimes be modified by a laser treatment but most are deep enough that a corneal transplantation is the better option. Check in with your corneal specialist to have this sorted out. ...Read more

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Liver cyst 2.3cm by 2.2 CM on ultrasound before surgery remove tubes and ovaries and lots scar tissue should I see specialist?

Liver cyst 2.3cm by 2.2 CM on ultrasound before surgery remove tubes and ovaries and lots scar tissue should I see specialist?

Primary doctor: Liver cysts are a common occurrence and are routinely found on imaging studies. I assume this cyst was found incidentally? Most cysts are benign and do not require any further testing. Ask your primary doctor to review the characterization of the cyst and consider the need for further studies. ...Read more

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Can I get high liver enzymes due to prostatitis or scar tissue in the urinary tract due to past STD trauma?

Can I get high liver enzymes due to prostatitis or scar tissue in the urinary tract due to past STD trauma?

No: Look for another cause of elevated liver enzymes. Your physician might retest you after 2 weeks off alcohol and all meds, or go directly to screen for hepatitis b, hepatitis c, wilson's, hemochromatosis, and autoimmune hepatitis. You may just have the liver enzyme elevation that will benefit from getting into great physical shape. God luck. ...Read more

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My sister has liver scarring. What do I need to know?

My sister has liver scarring. What do I need to know?

Many causes: Many things cause fibrosis which goes on to cirrhosis, alcohol, infections of various types and toxins. She really needs a doctor to work up the problem. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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Scars (Definition)

Scar = fibrous tissue that forms ...Read more