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A 25-year-old male asked:

My shingles are starting to scab i think, how long until they have scabbed and drop off? also will they scar? how do i prevent scarring?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 38 years experience
About a week or two: Any scab will take 1-2 weeks before they fall off. Keep the scabs softened with moisturizer or petroleum jelly to reduce the chance for scarring.
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Dr. Michael Francis
Specializes in Pain Management
About a week: Do not touch them and try to stay our to the sun.
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Last updated Feb 16, 2019

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