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You can shower if you have shingles?

You can shower if you have shingles?

Yes: Showering when a person has shingles is the same as normal showering . . . Except that one must be gentle and not scratch the skin lesions and scabs with his fingernails. Allowing the scabs to heal and come off the scalp by themselves is the best thing to do. The doctor can prescribe medications to relieve pain and unusual skin sensations, plus help prevent new shingles lesions. ...Read more

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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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Can you shower if you have shingles?

Yes should be fine: However the shingles may hurt while taking shower. But taking cool shower may actually help with pain. ...Read more

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Can a shower help with shingles?

Can a shower help with shingles?

Perhaps: It may help in easing pain or itching, but will not make it heal any faster. ...Read more

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I got the shingles 3 days ago. Should I still make food for a baby shower?

I got the shingles 3 days ago.  Should I still make food for a baby shower?

Yes: As long as you practice good hand hygiene and the lesions are in a place that can be covered it's ok for you to be around other olks. That being said as an added precaution i would recommend not being around folks with low immunity like patients on chemotherapy, people on anti rejection medicine or HIV patients. ...Read more

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Is it safe to share a shower with someone who has shingles?

Is it safe to share a shower with someone who has shingles?

Depends on immunity: Herpes zoster is the chicken pox virus, so a person with zoster can touch any normal person (not immunocompromised, not on prednisone, not a baby) who has immunity to the virus from a past vaccination or a past case of chicken pox or zoster. Otherwise, the zoster patient can wait until all his rash is fully healed (although he is probably not contagious once his scabs are all dry and healing). ...Read more

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I have shingles do I have to put lotion cream after shower because I don't. thank you?

Prob doesn't matter: Has herpes zoster (shingles) been professionally diagnosed? Don't try to diagnose and treat yourself. Shingles can occur at age 25, but not very common. A lotion or cream might help rash feel better, but won't speed healing. You need antiviral drug by mouth (e.g. valacyclovir) and maybe a steroid to help prevent future nerve pain. Follow your doc's advice, or see a doctor soon if not yet done. ...Read more

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I have shingles. Is it ok to be around a pregnant person? My neice is having a baby shower tomorrow.

I have shingles. Is it ok to be around a pregnant person? My neice is having a baby shower tomorrow.

Yes: Remember that shingles is the chicken pox virus. She's either been vaccinated in childhood and is immune or had chicken pox and is already exposed. Not to worry. ...Read more

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Can you have a shower and wet it if you have shingles around you waist is it dangerous?

Herpes zoster: Should be fine. Dry them carefully and watch for development of increased redness, pain, swelling and warmth over the area which could signify secondary bacterial infection, but the likelihood that this will happen is very low. Good luck and hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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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

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

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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!

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

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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