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How is shingles diagnosed?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A doctor diagnoses shingles by taking a full medical history, asking questions, and examining the person. If a doctor suspects shingles, he or she will look for the following clues to help confirm the diagnosis:
  • The patient is experiencing pain, itching, or a burning sensation at a specific location on the body, especially if it's one side of the waist or one side of the face. 
  • The patient has these symptoms and fluid-filled blisters on the skin of the affected body part. 
  • The patient is over 40.
  • The patient's immune system is weakened by disease or medication prescribed to treat disease.
If your doctor suspects that you have shingles, he or she will prescribe medication that can help manage the symptoms.

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