Skip to main content

Shingles

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes chickenpox. The virus stays in your body after you have chickenpox, without causing any symptoms. Shingles occurs when the virus becomes active again. The active virus travels along a nerve to your skin and causes a rash. The rash usually lasts 2 to 3 weeks. Most people have shingles one time, but it is possible to develop it again.

Shingles

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

Seek care immediately if:

Call your doctor if:

Medicines:

You may need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

Self-care:

Prevent the spread of the shingles virus:

The virus can be passed to a person who has never had chickenpox. This usually happens if the other person comes in contact with your open sores. This person may get chickenpox, but not shingles. You are contagious until your blisters scab over. Stay away from people who have not had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine. Avoid pregnant women, newborns, and people with weak immune systems. They have a higher risk of infection.


Prevent shingles or another shingles outbreak:

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

For more information:

© Copyright Merative 2024 Information is for End User's use only and may not be sold, redistributed or otherwise used for commercial purposes.

The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.