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Shingles - When To Call a Doctor

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 postherpetic neuralgia.

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.

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Understanding Shingles -- Symptoms

The symptoms of shingles include: Pain or a bruised feeling -- usually on one side of your face or body -- often along with a fever, chills, headache, or upset stomach Tingling, itching, or prickling skin, followed several days later by a group of fluid-filled blisters on a red, inflamed base of skin Deep burning, searing, aching, or stabbing pain, which may occur once in a while or last a long time  

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Last Updated: September 11, 2014
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