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How do I wash my hair if I have shingles (herpes zoster) extending deep into my hairline?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
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In brief: Gently
Washing hair on one's scalp where there is shingles is the same as washing normal hair .
. . Except that one must be gentle and not scratch the scalp lesions and scabs with his fingernails. Allowing the scabs to heal and come off the scalp by themselves is the best thing to do. Once dead skin and scabs are off the skin and just on the hairs, they can be removed by sliding them off the hairs.

In brief: Gently
Washing hair on one's scalp where there is shingles is the same as washing normal hair .
. . Except that one must be gentle and not scratch the scalp lesions and scabs with his fingernails. Allowing the scabs to heal and come off the scalp by themselves is the best thing to do. Once dead skin and scabs are off the skin and just on the hairs, they can be removed by sliding them off the hairs.
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