Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
181 Doctors are Online

Have shingles for last few month. How long it takes to cure?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Practicing since : 2003
Answered : 393 Questions
how long should flu like symptons last with shingles have had shingles over two months rash
Posted Thu, 18 Apr 2013 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Tanusree Biswas 2 hours later
Thanks for sharing your query with us.

In shingles or herpes zoster, there is a painful blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus.
The first symptom is usually pain, tingling or burning on particular area. This is followed by red patches and small blisters. This heals by forming crusts fall in 2 to 3 weeks.
Other symptoms may include: Headache, joint pain, abdominal pain, fever and malaise which usually lasts just before the rash or in the first week of illness.
Postherpetic neuralgia is the pain caused after the rashes heal. It last for a variable length of time ranging from days to months.

If you have this kind of pain persisting, you should visit your dermatologist to get medications for the same. Medicines prescribed usually are gabapentin and pregabalin. Other pain killers like acetaminophen, ibuprofen may help.

However, I do not think that you should be experiencing any flu like symptoms /rash with varicella for 2 months. In case you do, you should see your physician for his opinion.

Hope this is helpful to you.
I will be happy to assist you with further queries.

Best Wishes,
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Dermatologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor