If you think you have shingles, see a doctor as soon as possible. Early treatment with
antiviral medicines may help reduce pain and prevent
complications of shingles, such as
disseminated zoster or
If you still feel intense pain
for more than 1 month after the skin heals, see your doctor to find
out whether you have postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). Getting your pain under control right away may prevent nerve damage that may cause pain that lasts for months or years.