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Doctors and patients can work together to diagnose and treat shingles. PlushCare makes it easy to have a video consultation with one of our doctors who can talk to you about your symptoms and prescribe you the appropriate medication. Then, simply pick up your prescription from your local pharmacy!
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are shingles symptoms?
Common symptoms of shingles are pain and a rash in a belt-like form that stops at the midline of the body affecting only one side. Symptoms of shingles progress from burning and itching sensations to severe pain at the location of the rash. Early shingles symptoms may include burning, tingling, or a numb sensation on the skin accompanied by headache, upset stomach, and chills.
Later stages include painful fluid-filled blisters that cause severe pain, fever, and severe itching.
What causes shingles?
The exact cause of shingles is unknown other than it is a reactive version of the chickenpox virus. The risk factors for shingles are unique to each individual; however, 90% of shingles cases result from a weakened immune system.
The following demographics are more likely to contract shingles:
- Transplant patients
- Patients receiving chemotherapy
- HIV patients
- Patients who take immunosuppressant treatment
Age and gender are important risk factors for shingles. Most cases of shingles occur over the age of 50. It is estimated that 50% of people will have shingles by the age of 85, and women are more likely to develop shingles than men.
What does early stages of shingles look like?
Shingles progress through several stages as the virus replicates in your body. Shingles start as a rash with red bumps, known as papules, distributed most frequently over your back and torso.
Within several days, grouped blisters (vesicles or bullae) are present. Within seven to ten days, the vesicles dry up and crust.
The early stage of shingles looks like small, red, raised, solid pimples or an inflamed rash. These are tiny, raised bumps on the skin. Eventually, these bumps blister and later crust. The beginning stages of shingles create tingling and localized pain.
The early stages of shingles are also described as itching, burning, or deep pain. People who have had shingles also described the early stages as similar to the beginning of the flu.
What does a mild case of shingles look like?
Not everyone with shingles will develop a blistering rash. A mild case of shingles may include a red rash without blisters. The shingles rash and blisters are distinct characteristics of the illness. Mild cases of shingles do not usually cause headaches, fever, or fatigue.
Whether mild or severe, pain is the most common symptom of shingles. Most people describe a deep burning, throbbing, or stabbing sensation. The pain usually subsides within 30 days.
How long does it take for shingles to progress?
Shingles progresses into blisters over three to five days and begins to crust over after seven to ten days. The rash is preceded by a prodromal phase lasting 48-72 hours or longer, consisting of throbbing pain and numbness in the area affecting the nerve. Once the rash blisters, it can last another three to five days before the lesions scab over.
After the lesions crust over, it may take two to four weeks to heal completely. At this time, pain may still be present. The most painful stage of shingles is when you have fluid-filled blisters. This usually occurs three to five days after the rash first appears.
What are some home remedies for shingles?
If you’re looking for simple and easy relief, try taking a cool bath, applying a cool compress, using soothing lotions and creams, and avoiding foods with excessive salt or sugar.
Is there a shingles vaccine?
Yes, a shingles vaccine is available for healthy adults 50 years and older. The vaccine is called Shingrix (recombinant zoster vaccine) which is a 2-dose vaccine series, separated by 2 to 6 months to prevent shingles and the complications from the disease.
Is shingles contagious?
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Once a person recovers from chickenpox, the varicella-zoster virus that caused it lies dormant in nerve tissue near your brain and spinal cord. A diminished immune system can reactivate the virus, causing shingles.
A person with shingles can pass the varicella-zoster virus to anyone who isn’t immune to chickenpox
What are some common treatments for shingles?
The CDC recommends that adults 50 years or older receive two doses of the shingles vaccine. Additionally, several antiviral medicines like acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir are available to treat shingles and shorten the length and severity of the illness. These medicines are most effective when taken immediately after the rash appears.
What is the best medicine for shingles?
The best medicine for shingles are antiviral medications like acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir, which shorten the length and severity of the illness.
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