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How long does it last for shingles to heal

Patient: I have just been diagnosed with Shingles. It started a week ago. how long does it take before I’ll feel better? I am on Valtrex. I have sweelings, more blisters are forming. Thanks

 

 

Doctor: An episode of shingles usually heals on its own within a few weeks, but prompt treatment can ease pain, speed healing an d reduce your risk of complications. I agree with the doctor that prescribed you Valtrex, this medication decreases pain and itching, helps sores to heal, and prevents new ones from forming.

 


 

 
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Dr. Jimmy Obaji M.D.

Dr. Jimmy Obaji M.D.

Dr. Jimmy Obaji completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He currently operates a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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