Do shingles leave scars is a question that is typically asked by those who believe that they, or someone they know, may have shingles outbreaks. Many times, it can be difficult to figure out what you are dealing when it comes to a rash or some sort of breakout on the skin. It seems we don't want to go to the trouble and expense of a doctor visit, so we try to look it up online and attempt to diagnose the rash on our own. If you are in doubt as to whether you have shingles, you should know by the time you finish reading this article, because I am going to describe exactly what shingles look and feel like.
But first, let me answer the do shingles leave scars question. The answer is, sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. When shingles leave scars it's usually due to the severity of the breakout. At times, there may be only one small shingles blister that doesn't amount to much and as a result there will be no scar or sign left that it was even there. I know this because I have had shingles outbreaks since my early twenties and am now 60, so there isn't much I don't know about shingles. The voice of experience one might say.
Getting back to what shingles look and feel like, so that you can be fairly certain that you are indeed dealing with shingles blisters, let's make the diagnosis. Shingles blisters are just that, they are real blisters filled with fluid similar to any blister that you might get on the feet or from a burn. The only difference is that they are in small clusters and they itch terribly and can be quite painful. I must advise you not to make any skin on skin contact at this time with the shingles blisters as they are active and can spread not only to other places on your body, but also to others.
The good news is that they don't stay contagious the entire duration of the outbreak. Once the shingles sores scab over they will not spread or be contagious anymore. The bad news is that it is the scabs that may cause permanent scarring. I have many permanent shingles scars; however, they are in places that are typically covered by clothing. My worst shingles outbreaks were in my twenties and thirties when I didn't know that a change in lifestyle could lessen the severity as well as the length and frequency of shingles outbreaks. Nowadays, I rarely have outbreaks, at least not severe ones that leave scars. I get one or two shingles blisters every 6 months to a year.
If you have read or heard that shingles is something that older people get more often this is true most of the time. In my case, though, I have had shingles so long that I know what to do to manage them, which keep my outbreaks to a minimum even at 60 years of age. The main reason shingles is dominant in the elderly is that they tend to have weak immune systems.
Anyone, regardless of age, with a weak immune system is more susceptible to shingles. This is why living a healthy lifestyle is a must if you want to lessen the severity, length and frequency of shingles outbreaks. What you eat and drink and the lifestyle you live matters considerably when it comes to shingles outbreak prevention. Stress is also a major factor, so it's wise to avoid the people, places and things that tend to cause stress if you want to avoid shingles.
It may take some time for you to figure out what your shingles triggers are as everyone is different. Just as a head up, though, common shingles triggers are sugar, caffeine, alcohol, stress, not enough sleep, and of course, a weak immune system. It would behoove you to cut back or eliminate the sugar, caffeine, alcohol and stress and to get a good night's sleep as often as possible.
A couple of other proactive things you can do are to exercise faithfully and add more lysine into the diet or take lysine supplements. Lysine is an essential amino acid that the body needs, but does not manufacture; therefore, we have to get it in foods and drinks or by taking supplements. I found this out years ago when I went to a dermatologist and he recommended taking lysine as a remedy for shingles and I have consumed more lysine in foods and supplements since.
Now, if anyone asks you do shingles leave scars you know the answer. Not to mention all the other shingles info included in this article that will help those who have shingles to manage it. There really isn't a cure for shingles at this time, but you can effectively manage it.
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