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thetemptationofchocolate Sat 16-Nov-19 14:48:14

I have this and it's horrible. I have seen a doctor and have got anti-virals. I started taking these within 24 hours of the rash appearing, will they really make it go away faster? I'm a bit desperate for some encouraging stories here!

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JustDanceAddict Sat 16-Nov-19 15:05:36

My ds had it last year aged 14 and it took about 4 days to ease off. He also took the anti-virals. The gp was really impressed with me bringing him in straight away as it’s quite rare in children, but supposed to be milder.

moreismore Sat 16-Nov-19 15:07:12

Yes the drugs will def help. You can buy lidocaine numbing cream or spray OTC which might give some relief

DonPablo Sat 16-Nov-19 15:09:25

I felt really rough. My mum had just died. I felt like I had a label in my clothes bothering me. Of course, there was no label.

I remember the worst bit being how everybody wanted to hug me. The agony.

I was poorly for a good 3 weeks, despite antivirals pretty quickly. And for a year I had phantom shingles pain occasionally. 20 months on I get a sniff of the pain once a month or less maybe and it only lasts minutes.

I think it's very variable h9w badly you're affected. I know someone who had it on their face. No pain at all, but the rash took ages to go away fully.

Take care.

thetemptationofchocolate Sat 16-Nov-19 15:23:49

Thank you, I have cancelled everything for a few days as I feel really rough. Will trust in the meds!

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MyNameIsArthur Sat 16-Nov-19 21:44:52

Is good you've taken anti virals in the first 24 hours as they say it is important to take them within the first 3 days

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