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Can shingles occur on cranial nerves without a single rash or symptom and cause post-herpetic neuralgias silently?

Can shingles occur on cranial nerves without a single rash or symptom and cause post-herpetic neuralgias silently?

Unlikely: Some form of rash or sores should be present for shingles. You may have trigeminal neuralgia. This is a pain condition that usually presents with brief episodes of pain along the course of the Trigeminal Nerve or one its branches or divisions. It can be very painful-similar to a post-herpetic neuralgia. ...Read more

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


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What are the symptoms of shingles?

Painful rash: It is a one sided rash usually in a band or belt - like distribution. There is usually pain or some kind of unpleasant sensation such as tingling or burning. The pain may come before the rash. The rash will usually form into many small blisters. It can also be on the face or arm. See your doctor right away for an antiviral medication to prevent post herpetic neuralgia which is very painful. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of shingles?

What are the symptoms of shingles?

Shingles may first…: start as a burning sensation in the skin before a patch of blisters appear; blisters are red and somewhat resemble a patch of poison ivy contact. Blisters (like those in chickenpox) break & then scab over. If left untreated, the nerve(s) involved may produce severe pain lasting days to weeks. So treatment at the first appearance of rash is very important, esp. if eye area is involved. See doc ASAP ...Read more

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Do symptoms of shingles go away quickly?

Do symptoms of shingles go away quickly?

Varies, but get help: Symptoms need to be treated aggressively so they do not last forever. The greater the severity and duration of the rash, the more like you are to have postherpetic neuralgia (phn). Also, the older you are when you have shingles, the more likely you are to have phn. See a board certified pain specialist for help to feel better sooner. Don't accept that you just have to wait for it to "go away.". ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of shingles on body?

Shingles symptoms: Shingles often starts out as a patch of skin with a burning sensation followed a few days later by vesicles (small blisters) which eventually burst & scab over (just like chickenpox). Some pain may be present during the vesicle phase but more likely to appear in the healing phase. So best to get treatment early to prevent "post-herpetic neuralgia". Face/ear/eye warrant doc visit at once. ...Read more

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How long do the symptoms of shingles last for you?

How long do the symptoms of shingles last for you?

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

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How long does it take for shingles symptoms to appear?

How long does it take for shingles symptoms to appear?

How long after what?: The pain and/or itching can be present for a day or so before the typical rash. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have shingles? What are the symptoms?

Shingles: Usually pain on one side of the body comes before the rash of shingles, which is also called herpes zoster. The blisters develop in that area. If you see a doctor soon enough you can take an anti-viral medication to help it heal sooner. ...Read more

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How long do the symptoms of shingles last for in a teen?

How long do the symptoms of shingles last for in a teen?

Varies: Shingles can have groups of lesions which occur for 1-7 days then progress to crusts and healing over the next 1-2 weeks. ...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