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When should I see a doctor about shingles?

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See your doctor at the first sign of shingles. Getting treated early can help it go away faster and may help you avoid related problems. For instance, shingles on the face can cause hearing or sight problems, including blindness. Early treatment can also help prevent or ease pain.

From: Will My Shingles Come Back? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Shingles (Herpes Zoster)" and "Shingles Vaccine: What You Need to Know."

FDA: "Zostavax (Herpes Zoster Vaccine) Questions and Answers."

Harvard Health Publications: "The shingles vaccine."

National Shingles Foundation: "Shingles and PHN: Your Questions Answered."

New England Journal of Medicine : "Herpes Zoster."

NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Shingles Information Page."

NIH News in Health: "The Sting of Shingles."

Tseng, H. , June 4, 2012. Journal of Infectious Diseases

Up to Date: "Clinical manifestations of varicella-zoster virus infection: Herpes zoster."

Yawn, B. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, February 2011.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 15, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Shingles (Herpes Zoster)" and "Shingles Vaccine: What You Need to Know."

FDA: "Zostavax (Herpes Zoster Vaccine) Questions and Answers."

Harvard Health Publications: "The shingles vaccine."

National Shingles Foundation: "Shingles and PHN: Your Questions Answered."

New England Journal of Medicine : "Herpes Zoster."

NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Shingles Information Page."

NIH News in Health: "The Sting of Shingles."

Tseng, H. , June 4, 2012. Journal of Infectious Diseases

Up to Date: "Clinical manifestations of varicella-zoster virus infection: Herpes zoster."

Yawn, B. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, February 2011.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 15, 2018

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