Post # 1
So I had a mysterious, small, non-itchy rash appear Sunday. I put a bandage over it with polysporin to help it heal. It hadn’t gone away by this morning, so better safe than sorry, I went to the walk-in. The doctor took one look at it and was like “you’ve got shingles”.
I’ve started on anti-viral meds (not cheap without benefits), but was told to stay away from immuno-compromised individuals until the rash dries up. Well, my manager is pregnant and I work with the public, so I was told to stay off work for five days. That seems like such a long time when I don’t feel ill at all… Has anyone had any experience with shingles and how long did it take for the rash to start drying? I have a very mild case, only one area, two inches wide. I started on Valtrex today. I want to work so badly, as I’m being trained for a management position this week.
Post # 2
Depends person to person how long it will take the rash to dry as it isn’t itchy you won’t be scratching at it which will help however 5 days could still be realistic
It is very important to isolate yourself at this time as what is an annoyance for you could kill an imunocomprimised individual
Post # 3
One of my best friends got Shingles TWICE when we went on trips together. It was awful because we had to visit out of town hospitals and get the medications for it. Since hers was always on her eyelid she couldn’t even shower normally….bc it could travel down to her eye and cause blindness. It took about 5 days each time for it to clear up once she was taking the medication. It was always a very small area affected but it still took a while to clear up
Post # 4
FutureMrs.Huemiller: You are basically contagous with the chickenpox durring this time. I went to work while I had shingles, but I worked in an environment with all adults and made sure the people who were around me both had chicken pox and if they had small kids the kids were vacinated. If I was working with the genral public where I didn’t have control like that, it would have been better for me to stay home.
Also, I was miserable because I had a decent patch of them and 70% of the day I just wanted to tear my skin off.
Post # 5
STRESS. When you feel better, try to incorporate some stress busters into your daily activities. Massage, Yoga, Deep Breathing……?
Post # 6
Ahhhhh shingles. I got them for the first time in gr.10. They are HORRIBLE. It took just over a week from what I remember. I had them on the whole right side of my torso though, so probably a bit more than you 🙁 I remember very well having to walk around with my shirt lifted up on the right side because i couldnt stand anything touching it. I feel your pain girl!!! Hang in there!
Post # 7
Crap’s very contagious, definitely stay away fron preggo in your office as long as it takes to clear it. Sorry no good news for you
Post # 8
Ahhh the lovely shingles. I freaking hated that incident in my life. All I can say is if the itchiness or burning is getting to you go out and buy some benadryl suspension (the normal kind), add some Maalox (also in liquid form, also the normal kind no need for extra strength, etc) and use that as a compress. Leave on for about 10 minutes even though the relief is pretty instantaneous.
Nothing to do Bee but stay at home until the virus becomes latent again. Also. .. As a pp said try and keep your immune system happy to avoid reoccurrences.
Post # 9
It’s nothing to be embarassed about. Just be honest with your work and I’m sure they will not only understand, but appreciate that you’re not bringing the risk of anyone else getting sick into your business.
Rest and get better 🙂
Post # 10
I had a similar experience. The very small patch was on my ear so when it worsened on day two I went to my Dr office on my lunch break and she told me it was shingles. I was told that I could cover it with a bandage, take the antiviral meds and return to work in a day or two. I stayed off 3 days just to make sure it was dried up and no longer contagious (which shingles are not) but could cause a person who hadn’t had chicken pox to catch the pox. I felt that was best since most of my Preschool students had not had it.
Post # 11
FutureMrs.Huemiller: My rashes didn’t hurt at all at first. Unfortunately, I had an acute case and was allergic to the medication. The doctor said because I couldn’t take the meds, I was on quarantine for two week and told that I would be in significantly more pain for longer; doc sent me home with anti-itch cream, strong sleeping pills, a steroid shot, and a look of pity. It took me a month to recover, and I ended up with scars where the rash was and postherpetic neuralgia. So believe me: you want to stay on the Valtrex and just get better.
Post # 12
Ahh. Shingles. I got them at the ripe old age of 17 or 18. . .can’t quite remember. My rash dried in maybe a little over a week? The pain lasted a lot longer though. I had no meds. By the time we discovered what it really was I was no longer contagious. Two of my siblings caught mild cases of chicken pox from me. . .delightful…
Post # 13
Please stay home until the rash has dried. It can be very dangerous for other people.
Post # 14
I got shingles when I was 18 in my senior year of high school. The rash was on my torso and lasted for about 2 weeks. My poor brother got it on his face right after me. I would definitely stay at home, especially since you have a pregnant manager and work with the public. It sucks, but it is better so no one else catches chickenpox or shingles.
Post # 15
watcherofthestars: Jodeash: Misswhowedding: Since I’m a waitress at a fairly popular restaurant I’m going to make sure I quaranti myself for the appropriate amount of time… I would hate to give chicken pox to some poor child. On the plus side my Fiance is being so supportive and did a lot of research. Apparently being around the chicken pox virus (which is what shingles “shed”) basically immunizes people who have had chicken pox, so they don’t get shingles in the near future. Kind of like a natural vaccination. Kind of cool!
Another weird coincidence to note, one of my coworkers had shingles last week too. And since you can’t catch shingles from someone with shingles, that’s a big coincidence!