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.
Who to see
- Family medicine physician
- Physician assistant
- Nurse practitioner
- Neurologist, for central nervous system complications of shingles
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.