Shingles Community
Shingles - How long will the rash spread
About This Community:

WELCOME TO THE SHINGLES COMMUNITY: This Patient-To-Patient Community is for discussions relating to Shingles such as: Causes, Chicken Pox, Complications, Diagnosis, Medications, Prevention, Prognosis, Research, Risk Factors, Self Care, Symptoms Tests, Treatment, Vaccines, Varicella Zoster Virus, VZV and Warning Signs.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Shingles - How long will the rash spread

8242825?1345126050
Saturday night I first noticed a small rash on my back.  Tuesday afternoon I went to a doctor and was diagnosed with Shingles in about 2 seconds flat.  At the time of the diagnosis, I had a few small red rash spots on my back, chest and underarm.  I was prescribed 4000mg of Acyclovir (800x5 times a day).  I've been taking my meds regularly.. but the rash seems to keep spreading.  On Tuesday (the day after I started Acyclovir) the rash was about 4x worse.  Today (Wednesday) it's still worse... how long can I expect the rash to continue to grow?

Since the rash is still growing, does this mean the Acyclovir isn't working?

Is there anything I can do other than keep the rash clean and covered with a cotton undershirt?  I'm staying home from work to avoid exposing other and rest up, but I can't stay home from work forever.

Aside from Acyclovir, I'm taking vitamin c, trying to eat healthy and drink plenty of fluids.

Thanks for any info or help you guys can offer.
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Shingles Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating Control: How to St...
Aug 28 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
Top Dermatology Answerers
209987_tn?1334790318
Blank
tschock
AB
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
diane493