Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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  • I have symptoms, and I'm worried that I might have shingles.
  • I have shingles, and this is a checkup or follow-up visit.
  • I have shingles, and I'm sick or having problems.

I have symptoms, and I'm worried that I might have shingles.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on February 02, 2018

  1. Are my symptoms a sign of shingles?
  2. Is there a test for shingles?
  3. What causes shingles? Can I transmit the disease?
  4. Should I take medication to fight the shingles virus?
  5. Is it too late for me to get the shingles vaccine?

I have shingles, and this is a checkup or follow-up visit.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on February 02, 2018

  1. How can I tell if my medication for shingles is working?
  2. How long will I need to take it? What are the side effects?
  3. Should I be on the lookout for complications from shingles?
  4. What can I do to ease the pain and burning of shingles?
  5. Can I get shingles again? Should I get vaccinated?

I have shingles, and I'm sick or having problems.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on February 02, 2018

  1. Are my problems caused by complications from shingles?
  2. Should I have additional tests done?
  3. Should I take a different shingles medication?
  4. Is there anything else I can do to ease my symptoms?
  5. Is there any way I can prevent getting shingles again?