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My 10yr old daughter has shingles -- how long will it last?

By Anonymous June 3, 2009 - 1:24pm
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Im 12. I have shingles. Ive had it for 1 week now.
I took 2 spoons of paracetamol
5 tablets. forgot the name
n a cream i forgot...
I still hve it now .... I heerd you can die from it if it circles your body D:
sO im very scared.
the worst thing is when i try to go asleep. I cant wear clothes of let cotton quilt touch it becz
it itches very bad causing burning n stinging... I dont wuna diee!!

March 17, 2010 - 7:28pm
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Hi, Anon.

I'm so very sorry you have shingles. I have had shingles myself, and I know how painful it is. And yes, it is the most painful when you are trying to go to sleep, and nothing can touch it. I understand totally.

But you are not going to die from it. That's what we call "an old wives tale" and it is NOT true.

Shingles sort of circles your body only because it follows your nerve endings (the nerve endings are what makes it hurt so bad). And your nerve endings circle your body, so the shingles follow them.

You are probably getting close to being over the worst of it. Shingles takes a long time to go away and the places where you had it are sensitive for even longer. But you'll be fine. I promise.

OK? Is that better?


March 18, 2010 - 8:49am

Hi Anon,

Shingles are definitely no fun at all. I had them in high school when I was about 15 years old. Mine lasted at least 2 months. They appeared on the left side of my back and slowly spread in a small circle. After they started to go away, they left a noticeable scar for about a year. It has now faded and become barely visible.

My worst experience with shingles was the tingles and sensitivity I felt on the left side of my body. It is the strangest feeling that is difficult to describe. I used a topical ointment I received from the dermatologist, which helped with the symptoms and appearance.

I was quite embarrassed when I had them. It seemed like a disease that one would get from visiting a desolate foreign country. The name alone, makes people say...um what do you have?

They definitely go away and the better care you take and the more prompt you are to do so, the faster the process will be! I would also suggest a anti-scar lotion or something similar.

Good luck and make sure your daughter sees a doctor.

June 8, 2009 - 9:24am
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So sorry your daughter had to go through the SHINGLES!
Wow- I just got over the Shingles!
I got them on March 4th.
I am still itching alittle after all this time.
Valtrex, I believe is the Antiviral they gave to me within 24 hours of symptoms.
I would share more with you, please call or email.
I sure have alot to say on this illness.
Never have I experienced anything quite like this one. (for me it was worse than the Chicken Pox)

Michelle W Seamons
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June 5, 2009 - 9:05pm

Anon, did you get your daughter to a doctor right away? There is medicine they can give her -- if she starts it very soon after the outbreak -- that will alleviate her symptoms somewhat. But it needs to be started quickly.

I had shingles several years ago. It was extraordinarily painful. Nerve pain is like no other kind of pain I've experienced, because it hurts even when you are not touching it or not doing anything with it. I remember that it hurt even if the breeze from the ceiling fan touched it, or a plain cotton sheet. And it's a stinging hurt, almost like a burning.

I'm so sorry your daughter has shingles. I'm glad she has you by her side to help her try and feel better. My shingles seemed to heal up in just a few weeks, though I remember feeling the small stabbing pains sometimes even after it was healed up on the surface.

Where is her outbreak? My husband had an outbreak once that was around his torso. Mine was around a thigh. The outbreaks tend to follow the path of a specific set of nerves in a diagonal and/or circular pattern.

Is there any more information we can find for you?

June 5, 2009 - 8:34am
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