Q: Which doctor should I see if I wanted to prevent or be treated for shingles?

Most patients seek consult with:

  • Infectious Disease Specialist
  • Internist
  • Geriatrician
  • Dermatologist

Your family physician may be able to assist you with this.

Q: What is the difference between chicken pox and shingles?

The primary infection caused by varicella zoster virus is chickenpox. Chickenpox typically occurs during childhood and is accompanied by a generalized rash and blisters. On the other hand, shingles is a painful, blistering rash caused by a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus. They often break out in only one part of the body, and is often accompanied by severe pain.

Q: How long does shingles last?

The pain in the affected site may precede the appearance of the blisters and rash anywhere from 1 to 10 days. The blisters and rash then appear and linger for 10-15 days. Complete healing of the lesions may take a month. The complications due to shingles may last even longer, extending up to as long as 90 days.

Q: Is it contagious?

If you have shingles, you can never transmit it to another person. However, you can infect someone who hasn’t had chicken pox.

Q: Can I get shingles more than once?

There is still a possibility to get shingles more than once. Consult with your doctor about your risk of having shingles again.

Q: How can it be avoided?

To reduce your chances of acquiring shingles and its complications, consult your doctor today about your options.