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how long does it take for shingles symptoms to appear?

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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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Shingles: Usually 1 to 5 days after one experiences pain/burning in a specific area, a rash with blisters appears.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of shingles?

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Dr. Harold Fields
Family Medicine 61 years experience
Shingles's : It is caused by a virus and is preventable by vaccination. It can also be treated with an antiviral which reduces the length and severity of the infection. Good Luck infection.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can I get shingles again?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: A person can have shingles more than once. His primary care doctor can evaluate to see if there is a weakness in his immune system (or just bad luck, older age, or other bodily stressors) that allowed him to have the first case of shingles. The doctor can give some advice on whether or not the patient should get the shingles vaccine to help prevent a recurrence of shingles.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Why do we not hear much about shingles if it is so common?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Shingles: Chicken pox is common when young, but the same virus stays dormant for years in the nerve, and when it breaks out, due to age, stress or decreased immune function, it causes severe pain, blisters, and sometimes scarring. The new "shingles" immunization increases a persons ability to keep the virus from breaking out.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Why does one person with these risk factors get shingles while another does not?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Don't know: Risk factors increase the risk but do not guarantee that you get the condition. Genetic variation and immune system have a lot do with it, and our level of understanding of the process is very limited. There is a vaccine available. Talk to your doctor to see if it is recommended for you.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What percentage of shingles patients develop complications?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
It depends: Complications of herpes zoster (shingles) depend on the age of the patient as well as the immune competence.

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