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Dr. Julia Sanchez
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Can shingles leave permanent scar?

Dr. Julia Sanchez
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Can shingles leave permanent scar?

Yes: It is not usual but yes, any rash could potentially leave a scar or discoloration. ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Herpes zoster is also known as Shingles. 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 ...Read more


Dr. Michael Miller
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What's the expert opinion, could the shingles scars eventually wear off?

Dr. Michael Miller
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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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Dr. Jerry Judd Pryde
Board Certified, Travel Medicine
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I'm worried about my large shingle scab in my face, I think it will leave a large scar in my face, i don't want that to happen. How can I prevent it f?

Dr. Jerry Judd Pryde
Board Certified, Travel Medicine
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I'm worried about my large shingle scab in my face, I think it will leave a large scar in my face, i don't want that to happen. How can I prevent it f?

Not possible: but what ever you do dont make it worse by pulling on the scab. its a natural barrier to avoid infection. let it come off on its own ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Press
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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.

Dr. Barry Press
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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.

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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Dr. Charles Lockhart
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Was diagnosed with shingles on my face yesterday, noticed new blisters on day 7, is this common? They seem less severe. Best method to prevent scars?

Dr. Charles Lockhart
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Was diagnosed with shingles on my face yesterday, noticed new blisters on day 7, is this common?  They seem less severe.
Best method to prevent scars?

MD consult: Herpes zoster is the virus that results in shingles and can affect the eyes. See a physician for treatment as soon as possible ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Spencer
Board Certified, Dermatology
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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?

Dr. Linda Spencer
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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?

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

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Got shingles on March 17 & small rash. No blisters just red bumps. Didnt 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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Dr. Sharon Ann Clark
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Can I have scarring from a case of shingles I had last year.?

Dr. Sharon Ann Clark
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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 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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Dr. Robert Alexander
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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I have scarring on the cornea of my eye from a case of shingles. Is it permanent damage?

Dr. Robert Alexander
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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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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Shingles (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 ...Read more


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Scars (Definition)

A scar a condition in which an injury (a cut, ...Read more


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