Frequently Asked Questions

14. Are there people who get shingles without a rash?

Some people get burning, painful, itchy sensations on one area of skin, but never develop the rash. These cases are much more difficult to diagnose and can be mistaken for other diseases. Your healthcare provider would need to do a blood test to confirm the diagnosis. If there is a rash, but the diagnosis is questionable, your healthcare provider may examine skin scrapings from the sores.