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What are long-term symptoms of shingles?

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The shingles rash should fade after 2 to 4 weeks. But the skin underneath the rash might change color and always stay that way.

The pain from shingles (also called herpes zoster) can last for months or years. This complication is called postherpetic neuralgia. The feeling can be intense.

Reviewed by Kumar Shital on September 22, 2020

Medically Reviewed on 9/22/2020

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Shingles: Signs and Symptoms."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Shingles Symptoms."

CDC: "Chickenpox (Varicella) Signs & Symptoms," "Shingles Overview."

National Institute on Aging: "Shingles."

Nemours Foundation: "Shingles."

NIH: "Shingles Symptoms and Diagnosis."

Opstelten, W. BMJ, July 2005.

UpToDate: "Patient Information: Shingles (Beyond the Basics)."

National Health Service UK, “Shingles: When to seek medical advice.”

Reviewed by Kumar Shital on September 22, 2020

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Shingles: Signs and Symptoms."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Shingles Symptoms."

CDC: "Chickenpox (Varicella) Signs & Symptoms," "Shingles Overview."

National Institute on Aging: "Shingles."

Nemours Foundation: "Shingles."

NIH: "Shingles Symptoms and Diagnosis."

Opstelten, W. BMJ, July 2005.

UpToDate: "Patient Information: Shingles (Beyond the Basics)."

National Health Service UK, “Shingles: When to seek medical advice.”

Reviewed by Kumar Shital on September 22, 2020

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