Question by  ethan (17)

Can you get shingles in your mouth?

I have bumps in my mouth, and I can't figure out what they are.


Answer by  Ace98 (42)

Yes, although rare, shingles can appear in the mouth. The virus is present in nerve cells and can travel to any nerve ending in your skin, which includes the mouth. It is important to see a physician immediately for a clear diagnosis. Shingles can be treated with an antiviral drug and corticosteroids. With severe discomfort, painkillers can be prescribed.

posted by Anonymous
I had Shingles along my torso starting March last year, right after my Mother died. The many fever blisters on my lips started a couple of months ago. They almost go away when I use Abreva, but they keep coming back. I am see my doc this week - Jan  add a comment

Answer by  sanityrose (2664)

Shingles can cause blisters in your mouth, eyes, ears, and all over your body. These blisters are called an outbreak. Stress can be one cause of outbreaks. Shingles is a type of virus that occurs in people who had chicken pox as a child. There are medications and treatments available for the blisters and other serious symptoms.


Answer by  bitchstewie (489)

That is unlikely. It is more likely that you have a cold sore or herpes or a similar virus in your mouth.


Answer by  tamkees (3203)

It's rare, but you can get shingles in your mouth. They are incredibly painful and usually leave you swollen, tender and exhausted. Without those symptoms, too, the bumps aren't shingles.


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

While this is possible, it is unlikely. More common causes include allergic reactions to something you have eaten or drank, thrush (yeast infection) of the mouth, and herpes simplex virus in the mouth (ranging from cold sores to actual warts). If it causes pain or does not heal on its own, see a doctor.

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