Recurrence in 1 spot?

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I had shingles a year ago. Very painful but cleared up fine except for 1 spot that never went. I've got tingles there occasionally but now it's really inflamed. Same stinging pain as last time but it's not across my back just in 1 spot so pain is manageable. It's now blistering. I've also had terrible headaches. It really is stinging like shingles but just 1 spot that never went??! I can't remember does blistering means it's over the worst? I'm just worried this is the start just before Xmas!!!

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    A new two-dose herpes zoster vaccine called HZ/su is safe and reduces the risk for shingles and postherpetic neuralgia by nearly 90% in people age according to a study published in the September 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

    ask your doctor for the new vaccine.

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      Unfortunately that vaccine is not available in the United States yet this was just posted in a Pharmacy Journal December 22, 2016..."It is not yet clear how many years immunity would be sustained since the mean follow-up period in ZOE-50 was 3.2 years. An ongoing study known as ZOE-70 includes adults who are 70 years and older will determine HZ/su vaccine efficacy against post-herpetic neuralgia and other complications of herpes zoster in this older age group. While the results of ZOE-50 are encouraging, it is likely the vaccine will remain experimental until the ZOE-70 study is complete."... Unfortunately if I post the link they probably will not post my reply but I will try it in the next post.

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    Hi Lynn,

    First, I am so sorry you have a recurrence....

    Usually, the first symptoms include the headache, fever, chills and sweating, aches and pains, malaise, exhaustion and fatigue, and occasionally, photophobia.

    The acute phase occurs when the pain and vesicle-blisters occur, and you are infectious until the vesicle-blisters have scabbed over. This can take up to one month.

    Hopefully, you have started on an antiviral immediately, and received a strong analgesic.

    As you have a recurrence, please Google the Lysine-Arginine diet Herpes Zoster-Shingles connection. A diet high in Arginine, low in Lysine can trigger a Herpes Zoster-Shingles episode. I love Cashews, Peanuts, and Macadamias, and hadn't realized that my little feasts on nuts were causing horrendous episodes.

    I hope I have helped you. I am a Nurse Practitioner in the States and have had Herpes Zoster-Shingles every three to five weeks for the past twenty years in my right ear and twice in my right eye.

    Best wishes and Merry Christmas

    Merry Juliana

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      I'm not sure it is a recurrence now. I went to see a doctor and he said the last blister has become infected and prescribed antibiotics. Yesterday I had the same shingle like pain but milder and have been feeling unwell but during the night I had no pain. Last time I was literally in tears. I wasn't sure about taking antibiotics but I can see what he meant it's full of yellow pus. I have a script for antivirals if I come up with any new spots / pain / rash.

      When yours returns is it a new rash / spots? This 1 infected spot has definitely been there since I had the shingles more than 1 year ago.

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