How do I know if I have shingles?
Make an appointment to see your primary care provider. Doctors generally can diagnose shingles by looking at the rash on the affected area of the body. Tests are rarely needed, but herpes tests on cells taken from a blister can help reach a diagnosis of shingles.
Early treatment for shingles is key
It is important for patients with shingles to receive early treatment to decrease symptoms and prevent future complications. Some of the treatment methods include:
Colloidal oatmeal baths
A shingles vaccine is available as a prevention strategy. It is not intended to treat people who currently have the disease. Talk to your doctor about getting the shingles vaccine.