I was recently diagnosed with shingles in my right thigh/groin area. It did take me about 4 days after the rash appeared before I was able to get medical treatment. THey put me on Valtrex to take 3x a day for a week. The initial rash is starting to get better but I have noticed that tingling feeling, which i now know is an indicator of where the blisters will appear, but now I am feeling that tingling/sensitive feeling on my back and on the back of my right arm.
My question is, since I am on Valtrex, is this medicine supposed to stop the blisters from appearing in different areas or can I expect more blisters to start appearing on these areas that are now tingling?
I have also read that it is important to start taking medication within 72 hours after you first notice the rash or the medication may not be as effective. It took me 4 days so I'm worried maybe the medicine isn't being as effective at preventing new outbreaks?
I would appreciate any comments or advice