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Shingles rash and pain

Posted by @azbarb, 5 days ago

I’m in week 10 of shingles and still have crusted blisters in my arm pit. Why are they still there and how do I get rid of them? I feel like the pain won’t start easing there until they are gone. I had severe pain for 3 days in my left shoulder blade. When it started to ease I felt blisters on my back. I went to urgent care and was diagnosed with shingles. I took acyclovir for 7 days and then nothing. My doctor’s office wouldn’t fit me in and insisted I wait for a regular slot so I didn’t see him for 3 weeks. In the meantime i then got the rash and blisters on the underside of my left arm, in my arm pit and over the left side of my breast. The rash slowly crusted on my back leaving ugly scabbing and holes on my back. That left and I just have a large discolored area on my back that is fairly painful. The rash and crusted blisters on my chest took longer to go away and the pain only left the sides of the breast. I still have pain in the middle and top near my armpit. The last to start going was my underarm and armpit and the pain has been awful. Better than it was but ……. I’m worried I’ll never get rid of the pain but what worries me even more is the crusted blisters in my armpit haven’t made any progress in at least 2 weeks. I hope someone knows a magic way to make those go away. THey said the rash would only last 10 days to 2 weeks but it’s now 10 weeks. I have low-level MDS so I catch things easier and they tend to last longer.

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@azbarb Ive never had shingles but a friend had them on her face .Its so important to be under a Dr care if your not go to E.R or urgent care. As retired nurse a few things I can tell you dont scratch use calamine lotion or make an oatmeal bath with washcloth apply oatmeal its soothing keep the area clean wash hands before touching area . Eat a healthy diet no junk food ,vegies ,fruits and lean protein drink lots of water ,wear loose clothing just a few suggestions hope this helps.

Hello @azbarb, I would like to invite @cdcc, @oranbaughn, @sjsmall5286, @joanlee, and @barbarn, to share their experience with shingles and how long it took them to get over some of the things you mention above.

I would also like to invite my colleague, @lisalucier to share her experience with shingles as well.

@azbarb, do you mind sharing if you have another follow-up appointment to address the blisters in your arm pit?

Our pharmacist suggested I try using A+D ointment. From the beginning my husband had been applying calamine lotion to all areas to try and ease whatever we could. Since that is very drying the pharmacist thought the ointment might moistureize the area to let my body take care of shedding them. It seemed to be doing that and debris was sloughing off as I applied the ointment but after about 4 days the area started to get a lot redder and raw feeling. I worried about getting an infection so I stopped the ointment. I’m going to go back to calamine lotion now to ease the burning.

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Our pharmacist suggested I try using A+D ointment. From the beginning my husband had been applying calamine lotion to all areas to try and ease whatever we could. Since that is very drying the pharmacist thought the ointment might moistureize the area to let my body take care of shedding them. It seemed to be doing that and debris was sloughing off as I applied the ointment but after about 4 days the area started to get a lot redder and raw feeling. I worried about getting an infection so I stopped the ointment. I’m going to go back to calamine lotion now to ease the burning.

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@azbarb I don't know if this will help but I have burning groin pain and since they are both from nerves I found using ice on my groins helps me just a suggestion.Once you get older make sure you get a shingle shot.

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