Shingles - Diagnosis & Treatment

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I had shingle shot.  Recently I developed a pimple under my shoulder with significant pain radiating under shoulder blade. I am on acyclovir.  I have not developed more spots but continue to have nerve pain. Do you think I will recover rapidly because of shingle shot and was recently on course of prednisone due to viral infection?
What kind of medicine did you specifically inject? Did the doctor say it herpes zoster?After the herpes zoster skin damage has healed, the pain can still last for a period of time. The older the age, the heavier the neuralgia.
5th time w/shingles. I have a rare neurological disease w/autoimmune characteristics. Last time they developed in my left eye leaving me with 50% loss of sight. I'm on Prednisone for my illnesses. I've been on antiviral meds for 3 months & they are continuing to spread. One of my Drs called the CDC whom advised me to NEVER have the vaccination. I'm getting them on my face again, they're in my ears,on scalp, down both sides of my spine, shoulders & spreading all over my back. What should I do? Help me please!
That's tough for you. Have you taken anti-viral drugs? Since you immune system can't work effectively against the virus you will need antivirual drugs.
It seems to me that prescription drugs provide limited relief.  Perhaps a change of diet and lifestyle would help you.  Avoid stressful situations, get plenty of fresh air, exercise and rest. However, avoid intense heat and sunlight.  Too much sun can trigger a shingles outbreak.  Also, take plenty of Coenzyme Q10, and vitamin B6 (good for the nerves.)
My husband has Widespread Disseminated Shingles. Why don't Doctors know more about this condition. His Doctor had no idea of what he had. As soon as the Doctor at the hospital saw the rash he said Shingles. Widespread Shingles doesn't look any thing like Typical Shingles. Disseminate means spread. At one nerve at the spine the rash spreads across the center line. Widespread shingles looks like Chickenpox. If this can save one person from the extreme itching It is worth my time. Dorothy wife of Charles
Thank you for sharing this. I believe someone can benefit from what you shared.
Thank you. I have had multiple outbreaks with the widespread shingles mostly on my face and scalp. It is Soo painful and I have so much scarring. Haven't had much luck with any treatment. Has your husband had any luck with treatment s?
Valcyclovil and recombinant human interferon are recommended.
Hi, there's no cure for shingles, but prompt treatment with prescription antiviral drugs can speed healing and reduce your risk of complications. These medications include:
Acyclovir (Zovirax)
Valacyclovir (Valtrex)

Shingles can cause severe pain, so your doctor also may prescribe:
Capsaicin topical patch (Qutenza)
Anticonvulsants, such as gabapentin (Neurontin)
Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline
Numbing agents, such as lidocaine, delivered via a cream, gel, spray or skin patch
Medications that contain narcotics, such as codeine
An injection including corticosteroids and local anesthetics

Shingles generally lasts between two and six weeks. Most people get shingles only once, but it is possible to get it two or more times.
Hi I just wanted to share that I also developed a rash and my doctor told me it was shingles, I couldn’t believe it because of my age but immediately I began my search for home remedies, I use a lot of essential oils for just about everything and found something that worked very well, calmed the itching, soothed my skin and day by day got rid of my rash. I used tea tree 100% pure essential oil and Lavender 100% essential oil used a 4 oz spray bottle and almost filled it with water and added 20 drops of tea tree and 20 drops of lavender oil, sprayed it on a folded cloth and placed it over affected area for 15 minutes 4 times a day. It really works the first days I could not sleep from the pain and the itching and after this treatment I was able to sleep through the night and feel better throughout the day.
Sounds like a great idea! Thanks
I have Shingles on my chest, hurting me to sleep, taking a medicine called Valcyclovir  1 gram , my question is can I take a Hydrocodon 10-325 with this medicine for Shingles , so I can get some sleep
Yes, you can take it for pain relief.
El valcyclovil, es más eficiente y actúa más rapido
Anonymous says: The valcyclovil is more efficient and acts faster.
My daughter (age 54) was just diagnosed with Shingles in her throat! Had not heard this before? She had a mild case of chicken pox when she was growing.
What a chance! Is she on anti-virals? Having shingles in throat sucks.
I have never seen shingles in the throat before. I guess it's more likely to be herpetic pharyngitis, a viral condition caused by herpes simplex virus. I wondered how did the doctor make definitively the diagnosis of shingles in the throat?