Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is shingles?
  2. Who gets shingles?
  3. How can I tell if I have shingles?
  4. What causes shingles?
  5. Does stress bring on shingles?
  6. I have never had chickenpox. How careful must I be to avoid getting shingles from somebody?
  7. Is shingles contagious?
  8. What is it like to have shingles?
  9. Why is shingles so painful?
  10. Can you get the rash all over your body?
  11. Are there people who get shingles without a rash?
  12. How long can it take for the symptoms to go away?
  13. Can I get shingles again?
  14. Is it important to see a healthcare provider?
  15. Is there a vaccine to prevent shingles?
  16. Are there people who should not get the shingles vaccine?
  17. What treatments are there for shingles?
  18. Do the medicines cure shingles?
  19. Why does a healthcare provider tell you to keep your fingernails cut short?
  20. What is postherpetic neuralgia?
  21. What are the other complications?
  22. Why do we not hear much about shingles if it is so common?
  23. Why do some people call shingles "zoster"?
  24. Why does the virus that causes shingles become active again in some people?
  25. Why does one person with these risk factors get shingles while another does not?

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