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Diagonsed with shingles and have swollen armpit glands

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i was diagonsed with shingles and i have swollen armpit glands (primarily the left) ) my doctor did a mammogram and sonagram all cam back negative..all my bloodwork was perfect she said except i tested positive for shingles. Is it odd that i still have the swollen glands? i was diagnosed too late for antiviral drugs according to my doctor
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Jerry E replied 2 years ago.

Hello,

Swollen glands indicate infection and may take an extended amount of time to heal. As your body heals the infection, your glands will heal also.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
How long can shingles take to heal? I am not in a great deal of pain. Is is normal for the glands to ache occasionally ?
Expert:  Dr. Jerry E replied 2 years ago.

There is no cure for shingles, however it's symptoms are manageable with prescription antiviral drugs that can speed healing and reduce your risk of complications.

These medications include:

  • Acyclovir (Zovirax)
  • Valacyclovir (Valtrex)
  • Famciclovir (Famvir)

Shingles can cause severe pain, so your doctor may prescribe:

  • Anticonvulsants, such as gabapentin (Neurontin)
  • Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline
  • Numbing agents, such as lidocaine, delivered via a cream, gel, spray or skin patch
  • Medications that contain narcotics, such as codeine

 

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Is it normal for the glands to ache occasionally?
Expert:  Dr. Jerry E replied 2 years ago.
Yes, it is quite common
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