Doctors can usually identify
shingles when they see an area of
rash around the left or right side of your body. If a
diagnosis of shingles is not clear, your doctor may order lab tests, most
herpes tests, on cells taken from a blister.
If there is reason to think that shingles is present, your doctor may
not wait to do tests before treating you with antiviral medicines. Early
treatment may help shorten the length of the illness and prevent complications
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 27, 2011
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