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How long for shingles rash to go away

A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 59 years experience
Shingles: Rash begins to dry up in a week or two and may take a month to disappear completely.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Shingles: Most cases of shingles last 3 to 5 weeks. Usually 1 to 5 days after one experiences pain/burning in a specific area, a rash with blisters appears. Th... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 24 years experience
Not shingles: The rash of shingles should NOT persist for that long, so I tend to doubt that is your diagnosis. It's best to see an Infectious Diseases doctor who s... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Question diagnosis: Did you diagnose yourself or did a doctor make the diagnosis? In any case, it is time to consult a doctor as it is not feasible to provide a meaningfu... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chirag Patel
Specializes in Neurology
Not always: A rash isn't always associated with shingles. Did you have chickenpox as a child? See your physician to be evaluated. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlinepl... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 50 years experience
This is unusual.: The natural history of the rash of herpes zoster (shingles) does not last 2 months with or without antivirals and the description of the rash doesn't ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Shingles: Sometimes pain presents before the rash is apparent.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 25 years experience
The hallmark symptom of Shingles is burning pain at the site of the rash. There are many other dermatitis conditions that cause an itchy rash. Talk to... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 30 years experience
Rarely: Rarely, shingles can recur and do not have to be in the same spot. The pain and burning precede the rash, and follow a nerve distribution. It can occu... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Possible: Intraoral zoster is uncommon, but may produce a sharp unilateral distribution (trigeminal v3) of lesions. No intraoral prodromal symptoms occur. The l... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 74 years experience
Either way: If it really is shingles it could remain mild or become more severe.
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