A 54-year-old male asked:
Is it possible to have post-systems of shingles without ever having 'fullblown' shingles?
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Pain Management 17 years experience
Zoster sine herpete: It is extremely rare to experience post-herpetic symptoms without ever developing a shingles (zoster) rash (zoster sine herpete). Pain is the most common symptom of zoster. This pain (post herpetic neuralgia) can be severe & long lasting, even in the absence of a "full-blown" rash. In majority of cases pain is the first prodromal symptom, meaning it comes before the rash.
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Last updated May 2, 2013
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