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Author Topic: do shingles marks disappear or stain the skin forever? any proven remedies?  (Read 395 times)

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Offline lifer

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I was wondering if shingles marks in my case on the torso disappear with time or remain? I know im having a case of shingles though strangely enough the red marks are just sitting there for weeks not developing into blisters...is this even shingles? Well gotta be cant think of something else. Also strange cause my cd4 lately being around 800..how could it still occur no idea

Anyway would gladly hear any tips on how to beat it and deal with the marks...

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My shingle marks faded but took about a year or two . The ones on my face faded quickly but the ones on my hips were the worst and took the longest to heal . Not all of my shingles consisted of blisters .

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if you have had chicken pox, you can have shingles at any time. Having them has nothing to do with the strength of your immune system

if you're having a shingles outbreak, you should see a doctor ASAP. You could be prescribed acyclovir, or Valaciclovir, which (especially when used early) aides in shortening the duration of the outbreak and decreasing the pain.

If you have subsequent outbreaks you could be prescribed either med as a daily medication (prophylaxis) - a pleasant effect being that acyclovir is an antiretroviral and actually helps suppress HIV when used along with HIV antiretrovirals

as to the marks, mine cleared up in a short amount of time; but I did feel a "ghost" pain for quite some time. I find my daily acyclovir (for the very frequent outbreaks I have when not on this prophylaxis) helps squelch any of that residual infrequent pain.
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My marks are fading from the singles outbreak I had on my right chest, right under arm and right shoulder blade.

After my allergic reaction to Stribild, I broke out with Shingles. That was back in September.

The marks on my chest are almost gone, as well as the ones on my underarm. The ones on my back have been the most stubborn. I can tell they are still fading, but it will probably be another 6 months before they are not visible.

Thankfully, I did not have the breakout on my face.

Be well!
Questionable event in March
Tested pos with Oraquick 5-17-2014
Positive confirmed on 7-11-2014
7-19-2014 cd4 276 cd4% 9 vl 312,735
Started Stribild 8-15-2014
Allergic reaction identified, stopped Stribild 9-9-2014
Saw ID, started Atripla 9-17-2014
11-12-2014 cd4 447 cd4% 17 vl 326
02-05-2015 cd4 388 cd4% 16 vl 49

Offline J.R.E.

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I've had shingles three times.The first time in 1989, and the last time around December of 03.

I have no visual effects of having shingles, except for the first time I got them in 1985.

I have a small area of scar tissue on  the left abdomen, that never went away. There was also a lot of severe blistering on this location, back in 1985, the wrapped around my left side toward the center of the back

Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg






Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 12/10/14,  t-cells are at 350,  Previous 8/25/14--- 402/ Viral load remains <40

 Current % is at 13% / Previous 8/25/14 11%

 63 years young.

Offline Niceguy2013

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I've been unlucky enough to have shingles twice. Once on my  neck and the other time on the left side of my face and head. I did get blisters and still have a scar  on my neck and two on my face.

I don't think Mederma helped very much, but I'm used to then now. They are my battle scars.   

Offline Tonny2

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        OJO       Hello there...I got shingles three times, a while ago, same area, left butt, they will fade away with time, at least, mine are gone...wishing you the best...hugs             


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