U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 38-year-old member asked:

How did i contract shingles and how long will the blisters pain last?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 29 years experience
Shingles: Shingles-reactivation of chickenpox infection w/vzv virus. After chickenpox rash goes away, virus hides in nerve cells & is kept there by your immune system. At times of stress or health conditions that decrease immune system function, virus comes out along a path of 1 nerve as red patches & blisters. Blisters last about 1 wk, pain can last much longer. There are tx to help prevent or reduce pain.

Related questions

A 16-year-old female asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 36-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Last updated Mar 25, 2020

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.