Call your doctor if you have pain or rash in a band on one side of your body. If you think you have shingles, you should be seen as soon as possible. Antiviral
medication is effective only if given early.
Go to a hospital's emergency department if these conditions develop:
If you think you have shingles, you should see your doctor as soon as possible, because antiviral medication is effective only if given early.
After you leave the doctor's office, make sure you take all the medicine you have been prescribed and follow the directions given. If you notice new symptoms or if you cannot control the pain or itching, talk with your doctor.
There is no way to prevent shingles.
Most cases of shingles go away by themselves with or without treatment. The rash and pain should be gone in 2-3 weeks. However, shingles may last longer and be more likely to recur if you are older, especially older than 50 years, or have a serious medical problem.
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