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Symptoms Of Shingles Without Blisters

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Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

What Is Shingles? Shingles is a very painful disease caused by the same herpes virus that causes chicken pox (varicella zoster virus). Like other herpes viruses, the varicella-zoster virus has an initial infectious stage, (chicken pox) followed by a dormant stage. Then, with no warning, the virus becomes active again. About 20% of people who have had chicken pox will eventually develop shingles. This reactivation of the virus is most likely to...
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Do all shingles rashes blister?

My shingles rash remained flat on my stomach and back. It's been more than 5 weeks now, and my rash never blistered?!...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
How do you know it was shingles? That is also a very long time for the rash to still be present. What is your CD4 count?... Read more »

Shingles without Blisters?

I have had an unknown rash for 3 weeks now. The doctors that have seen me have varied on responses but have listed shingles as a good possibility. I have severe muscle pain in my lower back where the rash is. Almost like I've been lifting...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Possible. Shingles has a fairly distinctive pattern to it. If it's not clear what may be going on, a biopsy or sample can be sent to the lab to determine if the shingles virus is present or not.... Read more »

shingles

how long can symptoms last?...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
If you're unlucky, discomfort, itchiness or pain can last for a very long time (months-years). It's called "post-herpetic neuralgia".... Read more »

Shingles & Hearing Loss

I have been HIV positive for 1 year, on Atripla viral load is undectable and CD4 at 208. Last week I was diagnosed with shingles all of them are on right side of face however. I am taking Acylovir but this morning I woke up and cannot hear out of...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
The initial neurologic symptoms from an acute shingles attack often will reverse over time but they can persist. You may want to keep your HIV specialist informed of the situation and consider an ENT consultation to see if any other process is... Read more »
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Blisters

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Are Blisters and Canker sores a symptom of HIV with in the 4 week of exposure or can they occur through out ? Im getting a small canker sore again i had one 3 days ago and they are my first two canker sores in years lol so im jw if they are a... Read more »

shingles

Posted by butchcat
I had shingles afew years back, and occaisionally I'll get one or two "mini" blisters in the same area...also with some numbness or tingling. Has anyone out there had the same experience? Wondering if this is just long-term side effects or something... Read more »

mouth blisters and ars

Posted by Anonymous
first off, this forum is really informative and a great place. i've posted several questions and having a hard time getting through to my six months test. i tested at 4 weeks and at 8 weeks and both were negative(elisa test). at 3 weeks i had some... Read more »

shingles?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
can you get shingles in roof of mouth? I had a big like blisteron the roof of my mouth but it was like a water blister like when you get burned and then I popped and it hurts like crazy! Then I broke out with genital herpes I got this years ago and... Read more »