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    How long does the initial swelling and blisters last before turning into ulcers and moving on to healing? Everything I look up only shows the first 24-48 hours and says the whole phase can take 2-3 weeks.

    It’s been 7 days since the first blister showed up. The entire vulva side is quite literally twice the size of the other side and it has spread up my buttocks. As of day seven this is the most pain I’ve been in.
    Anything cold increases the pain so that won’t work for the swelling or pain. I’m seriously struggling. The doctor I saw who was an older gentleman falling asleep taking notes was convinced this isn’t my first outbreak because it’s only on the one side but I’m pretty sure I’d remember this kind of excruciating experience in my life. Husband and I are convinced that it’s vulvar shingles but I’m waiting for the swab test results. Advil and Tylenol do nothing for the pain and taking a warm bath makes it barely tolerable mostly because I’m keeping weight off it. How long do I have to suffer like this??


    So sorry you are in pain. Vulvar shingles? is that a thing?!

    With acyclovir you will heal much faster, there are pills & topical cream.

    I’d ask you doctor for a prescription.


    Hi Phyllis!

    Yes, as shingles moves similarly along the nerve endings, same as herpes, vulvar shingles can and does happen.
    I am on valacyclovir three times a day though I’ve only recently just taken my fourth dose. The doctor didn’t prescribe me any cream though I’ve used lidocaine and it couldn’t even penetrate the skin enough to help. 🙁

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