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How long will it take for shingles to go away

A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
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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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 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 25 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 member asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Usually it will go away on its own - 10 days is average.
Dr. Shalini Sethi
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Shingles: Rash in shingles can last 10 to 14 days . Keep on the hydration and good diet along with medication .
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Stein
Pain Management 60 years experience
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 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
It varies: There is not one right answer. With treatment one can take up to six weeks to get better.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Lizarraga
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Sometimes: They include a rash, which usually lasts for days to a couple of week, and pain in the area of the rash, which can precede the rash by a few days, and... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zienowicz
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
? Immune system: Shingles is a herpes zoster infection. Stress, both physical and psychological, aging and immunosuppressive therapy make attacks more likely. Eating... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leland Berkwits
Pain Management 37 years experience
Shingles Treatment: By "shingles shot" I assume you mean the vaccine. Shingles vaccine is used to prevent occurrence of the shingles, but is not effective in treating a... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Shingles: Shingles can be treated with medications which will help decrease the length of time of the outbreak as well as decrease the symptoms associated with ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
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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