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    swimmers and an outbreak of shingles

    Last Thursday I found out I have shingles. I'm wondering if other swimmers have experienced this and how long did your outbreak last, and how long did you have to stay out of the water?

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    Re: swimmers and an outbreak of shingles

    Quote Originally Posted by mpmartin View Post
    Last Thursday I found out I have shingles. I'm wondering if other swimmers have experienced this and how long did your outbreak last, and how long did you have to stay out of the water?
    A few years back I had it - minor outbreak in a bathing suit area. My physician said I was okay to swim but just not to do skin to skin touch with young kids. Didn't have to worry about that. Hope it helps.

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    Re: swimmers and an outbreak of shingles

    I had it last year, looked like a sash going diagonally across my torso (front and back). Once I figured out what it was (the pain started before the bumps), I went to Urgent Care and they prescribed some things that helped. I was back in the water after about 2 weeks, and it was completely gone within 4 weeks.
    On my first day back, I told the lifeguards that I had shingles, it is visible, but not contageous. Just didn't want anyone to freak out.
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    Re: swimmers and an outbreak of shingles

    Have the docs. given you anything for it? Take care not to break open any areas.
    All others --- get your shingles shots now!!!

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