... doctor after about 5 days, who prescribed antiviral meds, and predizone. The pain and serious itching cleared up, however I still have red blotchy patches where the blisters were (on my right side in the chest, shoulder, and neck area). They also itch occasionally. I've continued to use calamine lotion which eases the itching, but I'm wondering do I still have the shingles, and should I go back to see my doctor, or does it just take a long time for the patches to clear up and occasional itching to subside. Your answers will be greatly appreciated:)