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How will you know if you have shingles?

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Dr. Geoffrey Tyson
Pain Management
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In brief: Pain

Shingles usually presents with pain followed by a typical rash on one side of the body in the area of the skin supplied by one nerve, called a dermatome.
Any good primary care provider can make the diagnosis. You should consider getting the shingles vaccine which can decrease your chances of getting the miserable complication known as "post-herpetic neuropathy".

In brief: Pain

Shingles usually presents with pain followed by a typical rash on one side of the body in the area of the skin supplied by one nerve, called a dermatome.
Any good primary care provider can make the diagnosis. You should consider getting the shingles vaccine which can decrease your chances of getting the miserable complication known as "post-herpetic neuropathy".
Dr. Geoffrey Tyson
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Dr. Hanriet Minasian
Internal Medicine

In brief: Symptoms of shingles

Shingles is a condition where there is a reactivation of the virus that causes chicken pox.
That is why shingles is also known as herpes zoster. Symptoms include a rash and pain, usually in a linear pattern that corresponds to the nerve that is affected. The classic rash looks like water blisters on a red flat area of skin. A hint to shingles is that it happens on one side of the body.

In brief: Symptoms of shingles

Shingles is a condition where there is a reactivation of the virus that causes chicken pox.
That is why shingles is also known as herpes zoster. Symptoms include a rash and pain, usually in a linear pattern that corresponds to the nerve that is affected. The classic rash looks like water blisters on a red flat area of skin. A hint to shingles is that it happens on one side of the body.
Dr. Hanriet Minasian
Dr. Hanriet Minasian
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