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What is it like to have shingles?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: Painful

Shingles tends to be exquisitely painful, with light touch or no touch causing sharp, burning pains.
Vesicles (blisters) may also develop at the site of shingles, and may cause scaring. If not treated promptly the pain of shingles may continue on past the acute flare, leading to post-herpetic neuralgia. Get yourself checked if you are concerned you have shingles.

In brief: Painful

Shingles tends to be exquisitely painful, with light touch or no touch causing sharp, burning pains.
Vesicles (blisters) may also develop at the site of shingles, and may cause scaring. If not treated promptly the pain of shingles may continue on past the acute flare, leading to post-herpetic neuralgia. Get yourself checked if you are concerned you have shingles.
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dermatology

In brief: Pain

Usually painful and blistered.

In brief: Pain

Usually painful and blistered.
Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dr. Michael Tomeo
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