Problems Associated With Shingles
Complications of ShinglesFor the majority of healthy individuals, shingles runs its course without leading to any complications. Usually the lesions heal, the pain subsides within three to five weeks, and, for most people, the blisters leave no scars.
While this is the normal course for most people, complications can occur, such as:
- Herpes zoster opthalmicus
- Herpes zoster oticus
- Postherpetic neuralgia
- Sacral zoster
- Other complications.
(Click Shingles Complications for more information about these specific complications.)
What If I Have Shingles During Pregnancy?Shingles during pregnancy is rare, but it is possible for a pregnant woman to develop the condition. Treatment during pregnancy is similar to treatment for women who are not pregnant.
(Click Shingles and Pregnancy for more information, including information about pediatric shingles.)