Shingles usually lasts for a few weeks. Usually, the first symptom is pain or numbness. A few days later, blisters appear. The blisters last for several days and then usually scab over. Most of the time, blisters and other symptoms are gone after a couple weeks, but pain may last longer in some cases. Anti-viral medications may be used to help speed up recovery.
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