If you get them in your mouth? Has anyone experienced this. Was yours caused by stress and anxiety? That's what caused mine. I'll be 62 next month and have never had them before but under acute duress again. Appreciative of any answers you can provide.
I’ve never had shingles but several family members have. Shingles is brought on by the chicken pox virus. If you had the chicken pox the the virus is lying dormant in your system. Shingles only attacks one side of your body. I’ve never heard of it being in someone’s mouth. Anxiety may play a role in coping with the effects of shingles, but it does not cause it. I have only heard word of mouth that you can get shingles more than once. There are medications to ease the pain, but you would need to see your Dr to find out what is going on with your mouth.
As you know anyone who has had chicken pox can get the shingles virus.
The key to managing the shingles virus is to get diagnosed and start treatment ASAP.
In most cases pain medication is ineffective for shingles. Instead you're better off taking a combination of an antiviral medication such as Acyclovir, and for nerve pain either Neurontin or Lidocaine patches work well.
Finally, for the red itchy blistery rash OTC Benadryl will help with the itch. Benadryl is available either as a topical spray or as a 25mg pill.
As to how long the Shingles rash will last depends upon how quickly you begin treatment. Generally if you notice that you have the Shingles virus and you start treatment within the first week it usually has a duration of three to four weeks.
Shingles itself is not an airborne contagious virus. The only way shingles can be spread is if one comes into contact with someone who still has an open blistery rash.
Lastly, the best way to avoid the shingles rash is to get vaccinated once a year. However, it is important to note if you or someone you live with is immune suppressed it's not in their best interest to get the shingles virus. Reason being, the current shingles vaccination is a live virus.
Hope your feeling better soon.
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