See Alike in...

Alike App

Browser

Salukilynn

766d

How long has shingles lasted?

Top reply
    • Kirk

      659d

      Several months for me but 6 months later I still get post herpetic neuralgia on the right side of my face and in the ear

    • Kirk

      659d

      Several months for me but 6 months later I still get post herpetic neuralgia on the right side of my face and in the ear

    • Little_Mak

      740d

      I was recently hospitalized with shingles that caused infection in spinal fluid traveling to brain (encephalopathy) Home, shingles gone but still confused, problems with eyes, headaches, difficulty walking- pain. Anyone else?

      • TheBigSpook

        739d

        @Little_Mak That’s terrible, I’m so sorry. I’m glad you’re out of the hospital now

        • Little_Mak

          734d

          @TheBigSpook thanks, me too

    • Kirk

      760d

      About a month but three months later the neuralgia is still going strong

    • TheBigSpook

      762d

      My shingles took a long time to diagnose because I was 20 at the time. My doctors let it get pretty bad before they let go of the contact dermatitis diagnosis. It was on the back of my neck and it took about a year for my skin to heal completely and my hair to grow back (I lost all my hair where my giant 8 inch diameter flare up was) and now I’m left with nerve damage and scar tissue. And I keep my hair shaved short where the shingles were because having long hair is painful. But to answer your question, shingles never actually goes away. You’ll continue to have flare ups, usually caused by stress, for the rest of your life. Shingles is in the herpes family, it is specifically called the herpes zoster virus, and the virus lives in your nervous system. It will lie dormant until it gets triggered by something (again, probs stress) and flare up. Antivirals will make your flare ups go away, I have a standing prescription for valacyclovir that I refill anytime I feel a flare up coming

      • Little_Mak

        740d

        @TheBigSpook - I did not know you could get it again. I almost died. Scary stuff

☝ This content is generated by our users and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Want to chat or share? Download the Alike app now and get complete access to Alike.health's unique features.

Find people who are
experiencing a similar
medical reality

100% Free
100%
Free

Download Alike for the full experience

JOIN

View All

Bupropion

night sweats

paranoid

Valium

sertraline

palpitations

Anxiety (Including GAD)

Depression

palpitations

Depression

Valium

Bupropion