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How long does the rash stay after the blisters have healed?

By Anonymous July 10, 2017 - 3:53pm
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I recently had a mild case of shingles. I only had a couple of small patches on my upper back and a few individual blisters on my left arm. The blisters healed a few weeks ago but I still have the rash on my back. It is preventing me from working because I am a flagger for an asphalt company and I cant tolerate the pain of constant sun on my back all day. It is miserable even thru my clothing. How long does it take for the rash to go away and is there anything you recommend putting on it? My doctor only has me taking an antiviral medication. Thanks

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to our community.

Somewhere between 1 and 5 days after the tingling or burning feeling on the skin, a red rash will appear. A few days later, the rash will turn into fluid-filled blisters.

About a week to 10 days after that, the blisters dry up and crust over. A couple of weeks later, the scabs clear up.

Apply a cool washcloth to your blisters to ease the pain and help dry the blisters.

Take an oatmeal bath or use calamine lotion to see if it soothes your skin.

Wear loose-fitting, natural-fiber clothing.


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