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.
- Q What is postherpetic neuralgia?
- Q When should I call my doctor if I have shingles?
- Q What research is being done on shingles and shingles-related conditions?
- Q What should I know about caring for someone with shingles?
- Q Should CFS or fibromyalgia patients get the shingles vaccine?
- Q Where on the body does the shingles rash develop?