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Shingles is a skin rash that is caused by the chickenpox virus, and is part of the herpes family of viruses. It can occur in anyone who has previously suffered from chickenpox, and involves the herpes zoster virus being reactivated as a result of emotional stress, some cancer treatments and immune deficiency. It can lead to outbreaks of puss filled blisters along the skin, often accompanied by a burning pain. Normally the condition lasts around 3 weeks, but sometimes longer. The blisters will eventually burst and crust over, but until that occurs the sufferer will be extremely contagious and can spread the condition to others. Antiviral drugs can be administered to reduce the severity and duration of the rash, but often treatment can just take the form of anti-itching lotions and washing of the affected area.

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I'm am 16weeks pregnant and I have shingles . the pain I really severe and I have only been placed on zovirax(aciclovir cream and lidocaine) but I feel worse please advise. Thank you jane





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I'm 24 years old and currently suffering from shingles. I'd had a few headaches and was very sensitive to light on the days leading up to the first appearance of a rash. It started as a small red patch on my torso just below my bra and the day after blisters appeared. I'm now into the 5th day and it seems new patches are still forming. It started off being very sore and a lot of sharp shooting pains. Now I have bad itching and the pain is even worse. So much so that I can't wear a loose top without wincing in pain! Been stuck at home. I'm living in China and managed to get antivirals over the counter but 1/10 of the necessary dose. Useless. Good luck to anyone else suffering!!





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I am 48, have this now. It started out as a burning sensation all over my hand and up my arm. Next thing I noticed some small bumps on my right hand ring finger.. so I popped it. It started to go away, and then some more showed up on my right hand middle finger. I popped them and just that same day, I get this great big heart shaped bunch of blisters in one patch.. and two small ones all alone - all of these on the right palm. I knew something was up, so I went to dr. He said definitely shingles. He wouldn't come close to me. It's been a week or so and still have this.. I am on anit-viral meds and naproxen sodium. Good luck to you!





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I am 55, and diagnosed with shingles on January 16, 2015. It started on January 7, with pain shooting down my right arm into my ring and pinky finger. I went to doc on January 8th because my pain was unbearable and couldn't sleep. I wasn't diagnosed, but doc suspected arthritis. On January 14th, I went back to doc with swelling, severe pain in right hand and arm with blisters on palm of right hand, and wrist. Again I wasn't diagnosed, but doc this time suspected rheumatoid arthritis. My pain, swelling and blisters were progressing. I went to another doc on January 16th and was diagnosed with shingles and was put on anti-viral med. As of today January 20th I'm still having new blisters popping up on hand. How much longer will these blisters continue to pop up?

hi everyone well im late 40s I had chicken pox in my 20s I was told I had scabbies late september 2014 so had treatment but didnt go so I went back doctor a few times in December 2014 the doctor told me I had had shingles so gave me anti viral tablets i have spots in my bum cheeks groin left leg right leg right hip there very itchyIi have no yellowing there very red no sign of a head I took them but still have spots so went back too doctor he said I have shingles neuralgia id never heard of this 8 months later I still have them ive tried all creams I cannot take inflammation tablets im at my wits end with this condition its driving me up the wall I cant sleep I cant sit down in a chair for long I cant walk far now all I take is parocetamol and anti histermins 4 times a day 10mg tablet I also recently get pins and needles in my legs plus problems in my genital area in male late 40s with no proir problems is this area all that I think I must have shingles neuralgia there too





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Hi, 33and just started getting painful , burning and itching Relrenti g afraid fo admit, I looks. Brutal. My ex had this. I'm afraid of asking questions? Knowing it's the case from it being contagious . Do I have to seek out a dr. It's all swallen. Help





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Hello. I'm two weeks into shingles, I'm 45, had chicken pox when I was 13, had been exposed many times before getting them. I have a large lump on the forehead on the hairline, where the patch is located. My face is swollen, hurts to look up, and after a nap, noticed the lump is larger. I barely pressed on the back end of the lump and a yellow pus oozed out. Is this common? Should I go to the doctor for a bacterial infection?





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i have lots of small blisters when they burst they had dried hard ellow pus they have spread and getting larger and they hurt they r on my chim

I am 21 and have been suffering with reoccurring shingles since I was 18. The first outbreak was on my right bum cheek and then since it's been coming back it's been on my left bum cheek but each time it comes back it's re appearing higher and higher and is now currently lower back/top of bum. It's horrible :( I'm left with so many scars all over my bum that look hideous. I get it at least once a month & I can't cope with it anymore. I've got it right now as we speak, it appeared last night but it is causing so much pain all the way down my left leg, I'm in agony. The patch of shingles is burning and itching and I've simply had enough. The doctors are useless, they don't seem to care at all. I was prescribed with Aciclovir to take everyday but that didn't work and it kept coming back. Is there anything else that can prevent it from coming back all the time please?? Really had enough now. The pain it's currently sending down my leg is awful.





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Hi Nicole, I suffer from Shingles too. But I think I found the cure: Is bee propolis. Any health store will have it, take the pills and also open one capsule and mix it with Aloe Vera and apply over the rash, it will dry it with in hours and no scars. I hope it helps. If it helps you, please tell other people. My system was shutdown from taking so many antibiotics and Valtrex... google propolis..best antiviral and antibiotic

I am going through the same experience. I have had shingles on my but that use to come out monthly since I was 30, years old now it comes out once a year since I am in menopause or when I got to a hot climate country. too many dark scars over my but I am afraid to have an intimate relationship since I was 30. Now I am 50. thanks for your post!!! I tried all creams and nothing works and now I am trying hydroquinone.

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I have a itchy rash all over my legs, it came up a day or two after I shaved, its been a week now just wondering what it could be?





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It could be that your razor is blunt or even just used once before I have to use a new razor every time I shave for the same reason but

I have hundreds of small blisters all over my hands and feet .they started off on just a couple of fingers but has spread. Is this shingles??





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Hi am sandra form Chorley I had the shingles and I went to my doctor s she give me calaminelotion and it's as cleared up a bit she all so give me Zapain codeine phosphate paracetamol try them ok

I've just got rid of shingles, I wasn't in pain but was very itchy. It's not itchy anymore but I still have the marks on my tummy. how do you get rid of them? I've tried numerous creams.





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