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how long does it take to heal from shingles

A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
2-4 weeks: From the beginning of the rash to when the scabs fall off usually is around 2-4 weeks.
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A 83-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience Dermatology
Usually: Usually 2 to 3 weeks but sometimes the pain or unusual sensations can last weeks or months.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
How long after what?: The pain and/or itching can be present for a day or so before the typical rash.
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vicki Levine
40 years experience Dermatology
Probably a few weeks: The shingles shot which is 50 percent effective, will probably be somewhat effective within the next few weeks. If you do end up getting shingles afte ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Usually it will go away on its own - 10 days is average.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Herpes zoster: Usually within 24-48 hours from onset of symptoms.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
It varies: There is not one right answer. With treatment one can take up to six weeks to get better.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Stein
59 years experience Pain Management
Yes in time: Shingles is a viral infection the inflames the nerves and causes blisters along the course of the nerves that are affected it can cause a lot of pain ... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience Dermatology
2weeks: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. Sometimes patients will have chronic pain or unusual sensations for mon ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Can take longer: You may wish to consult to a pain specialist, since interruption of the pain cycle may help the healing process move along better.
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