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Shingles Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Do you have close contact with a pregnant mom, newborn, or someone with a weakened immune system?
  • Are you having any pain in your face or around your eyes?
  • Are you having any balance or hearing problems?
  • How would you rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst pain ever?
  • Describe your symptoms. Are you having pain, burning, numbness, itching, or sensitivity to touch? Where are you having symptoms? Do you have headaches, fatigue or fever?
  • What other medical conditions do you have?
  • What seems to make your symptoms better or worse?
  • Have you ever had chicken pox, a chickenpox vaccine, or a shingles vaccine?
  • What other medical conditions do you have? Any immune disorders? Are you receiving immunosuppressive drugs?
  • What medications do you take, including cancer treatments?
  • What side effects are you experiencing?
  • What treatments have you tried so far?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Do you have close contact with anyone who has never had chickenpox or chickenpox vaccine?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have shingles? How does a person contract shingles?
  • How do you diagnose shingles?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • How do you treat shingles?
  • What should I do if my symptoms get worse?
  • What treatment do you recommend? How long will it take to work and improve my symptoms?
  • What are my options if my symptoms do not improve on this treatment?
  • How long will my symptoms last?
  • Can I get shingles again? Can I give shingles to others?
  • Should I get the shingles vaccine? How long should I wait to get it?
  • Could another medication help control my symptoms better?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to shingles?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my shingles?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 27
  1. Postherpetic Neuralgia. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/postherpetic-neuralgia/symptoms-causes/syc-20376588
  2. Shingles. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/shingles/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353060



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