Can shingles rash spread

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Avatar n tn Can my shingles rash spread from contact with my blistered rash to unaffected areas on my body? Or for example if I itch the rash then touch my face, can it spread to my face? Also, if my sheets, or clothing get fluid from the blisters on them can it spread the rash from contact? I want to do as much as possible to not spread the rash to other areas of my body, especially my face.
Avatar n tn m wearing a TURTLENECK! I feel like such a freak. Does anyone know if the virus can spread to other parts of the body like that?
Avatar n tn A person with shingles can spread the virus when the rash is in the blister-phase. A person is not infectious before blisters appear. Once the rash has developed crusts, the person is no longer contagious. Shingles is less contagious than chickenpox and the risk of a person with shingles spreading the virus is low if the rash is covered. If you have shingles Keep the rash covered. Do not touch or scratch the rash.
Avatar n tn Just before Thanksgiving his rheumatologist took a quick look and said it was shingles because of the pattern of the rash, and gave him Valtrex. The rash has not gone away, but has spread. It still does not hurt, so he thinks it is not shingles but has not gone to a dermatologist. ( finally agreed to try to make an appointment, but now can’t get one till after Christmas.
Avatar f tn The answer to your question about vitamin D, before discovering shingles is Yes. I also have the same rash as chipdee. Can you tell me more?
Avatar n tn Hi, Aside from the risk of secondary infection, popping the lesions and direct contact with the rash can spread the varicella zoster virus to a person who has no immunity to the virus. This newly-infected individual may then develop chickenpox, but will not immediately develop shingles. Until the rash has developed crusts, a person is extremely contagious. The person is no longer contagious after the virus has disappeared. I hope this helps.
Avatar f tn It does look like a shingles rash my husband had. Definitely take her in as it can get very painful. Many years ago before there were treatments available, my grandfather couldn't work for a year because of a bad case of shingles. Another great reason to give kids a Chicken Pox vaccine!
Avatar n tn It followed my nerve track around my chest and to my back. I have however heard of shingles in the central nervous system that are wide spread. Mine were tiny little clusters of blisters that itched and stung. There are anit-viral meds that can be prescribed for this. She should see a doctor.
Avatar n tn I went to an urgent care clinic and they diagnosed it a shingles based on that it was only on the left side of my body and the rash was very extensive. They did no culture the lesions. I really do not have any risk for HSV. I have been with the same women for the last 6 years and the only concern we had was HPV. She had it when we first met and I may have had a wart frozen off a few months ago with no return. Is it possible the diagnosis was incorrect?
Avatar f tn I did sit on a public toilet seat with my left cheek the day before yesterday. I started a new med named Celexa. My question can you spread it by touching it.Can you catch it from any of the above things, how do I get rid of it. It feels like a burning and very tender to the touch like neralgia. Help Oh, there no no rash, yet.
Avatar f tn You're confusing different viruses. Shingles is a skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. This virus is called the Varicella zoster virus (VZV) - also referred to as herpes zoster, and is in the herpes family of viruses. So it's the reactivation of the chickenpox virus that causes shingles. You can't catch shingles from someone else who has shingles.
Avatar f tn I formed a small rash last week, that is painful when touched. It has not spread or gotten any bigger in size. It tends to itch and is very painful when I gently touch the rash. They are located underneath my right breast, but down a little lower. Their are 6 small red dots with a tiny pin-sized black dot in the center of each one. I ruled out shingles when talking to a few different people. What could this be?
1526804 tn?1291657391 Since there is rash and fever it can he herpes or shingles, EBV or mono, CMV or cytomegalovirus, staphylococcal skin infection, HIV, gonorrhea, syphilis, or Lyme’s disease. It can also be chicken pox and measles but appears to be less likely. Please take him to a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Meanwhile, given him small frequent meals and plenty of fluids. Take care!
Avatar n tn Although it is not possible to spread shingles to others, the chickenpox virus can be spread to anyone who has never had it. This means that anyone who decreased immunity due to illness, chemotherapy, or old age is susceptible, and should consider anyone with shingles to be contagious to them. Newborn babies are also at a greater risk, as they have little defense against such an invasive virus.
Avatar f tn Not long after he got a skin rash on his back and was diagnosed with shingles, but the rash comes back every now and then and has spread to a small area near his armpit. We don't live in the same state anymore, so we can't go back to that doctor. But recently, a friend of mine in medical school showed us a picture of a herpes encephalitis rash on a man's lower back that he saw in a text book and it looks just like my husband's rash...
Avatar f tn a shingles rash will not spread after the initial ob and it stays on one dermatone. it's unfortunate that they didn't culture your shingles rash too to confirm that indeed it is shingles. I assume it was your hsv2 genital infection that was diagnosed with the cultures and blood work? how are you treating everything at this point? you need to see your provider and get a much better work up done.
Avatar n tn This does not appear to be shingles. Shingles are clustered lesions or vesicles containing a clear fluid on an erythematous base. Have you had chicken pox or varicella before?
Avatar n tn Hi, If she had a history of chicken pox, this could be shingles or herpes zoster. Shingles is an outbreak of rash or blisters on the skin. The first sign of shingles is often burning or tingling pain, or sometimes numbness or itch, in one particular location on only one side of the body. After several days or a week, a rash of fluid-filled blisters, similar to chickenpox, appears in one area on one side of the body. Shingles pain can be mild or intense.
Avatar n tn Another differential for your friend is folliculitis. This may recur and may be contagious. It can spread through direct skin to skin contact. I suggest that you discuss with the physician if oral antibiotics may be indicated at this point. For how long has his scalp condition been present? Also, for how long has your friend been using the topical medications?
Avatar f tn Or does the placement (front side of body, rt shoulder and neck) sound more in line with shingles? Also if the rash has dried up but not fully healed can it still be biopsied or cultured? And if she doesn't take anti virals can it spread even though it appears to be going away.
Avatar f tn Hello, I cannot confirm anything without examination but it can be shingles, eczema, fungal infection or an allergic reaction. Shingles occurs in people who have had chickenpox and represents a reactivation of the dormant varicella-zoster virus. The first sign is usually a tingling feeling, itchiness, or stabbing pain on the skin. After a few days, a rash appears as a band or patch of raised dots on the side of the trunk or face.
Avatar m tn In the past 3 weeks there were maybe a couple of occasions when the headaches were pretty bad. The first time I got diagnosed with the shingles without the rash I had really bad headaches. Anyway, if you have any idea what may be causing these symptoms, please let me know. I'm also thinking if anxiety and stress can cause these symptoms as well.
Avatar m tn My wife has shingles in her ear that has spread down to her neck. How far can they spread is my first question. The other, how can you keep them from spreading?
Avatar n tn I went to an Urgent Care Clinic and he diagnosed it as Herpes Zoster and prescribed Valtrex 1g 3 times a day. Over the next few days the rash spread down to my mid thigh and on to the top of my penis shaft. The rash has remained only on the left side of my body. Since the rash spread onto my penis I have become very worried about it being actual Genital Herpes.