How long until shingles crust? I wanna work!

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    So, after years of school, living through the NCLEX, and four days of butt-flattening classroom orientation, employee health diagnosed me with shingles on my very first day on the floor. There is a hospital policy that I cannot work until the lesions crust. I've done some searching but can't find this answer: What's the average amount of time between eruption and the vesicles crusting? I'm lucky that today is Friday, but I really really REALLY want to be back at work on Monday.

    TIA,

    Jen
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    Very dependent on your individual health status. Best to ask your provider. Good luck and take care - hope you feel better soon.
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    about the 5 th day post-eruption. I don't believe they all erupt on the same day, however. The new antivirals can cut this time alot. I hope you are being treated.
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    Where are the lesions at?
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    Sorry about your luck, shingles can be very painful in addition to just irritating. Hopefully you are already on acylovir, famciclovir or valacyclovir, and the outbreak is minimal. If so, then healing should start quickly.

    Hopefully you will not experience any ophthalmic involvement or disseminated zoster, which can be completely horrid.

    Best wishes.
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    As noted previously, I hope they started you on an antiviral already. They will probably want to see you before they let you back on the floor. The facility has a duty to protect the patients - and the other employees.
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    So sorry! I had shingles last year and they were so painful!!!! Mine took about 2 weeks to really start clearing up and I was still sore for about a month
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    They didn't start me on an anti-viral. I was seen in employee health, not by my PCP, so perhaps I need to give him a call. I am very lucky that the outbreak is not on my face. Just typing that has made me start itching at my cheeks. It is a circular patch about the size of a water glass on my lower right back. They did prescribe lidocaine patches for it, but even with that it's starting to ache again.
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    Quote from foolhasty
    They didn't start me on an anti-viral. I was seen in employee health, not by my PCP, so perhaps I need to give him a call. I am very lucky that the outbreak is not on my face. Just typing that has made me start itching at my cheeks. It is a circular patch about the size of a water glass on my lower right back. They did prescribe lidocaine patches for it, but even with that it's starting to ache again.
    hmm seems odd, i would suggest seeing your PCP asap....
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    A round eruption? See your pcp .
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