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Skin Care and Diseases

Shingles

03/14/2007

Question:

Can someone have Shingles without the rash?

Answer:

This question has been forwarded by Senior Health:
Yes it is possible although pretty uncommon. It is also possible that one can get shingles (herpes zoster) and think they don’t have a rash but a dermatologist may see clues for it. Patients who have “shingles without the rash” often have pain in a specific linear pattern (in the distribution of the nerve endings to that part of the body) which often improves but may also be persistent for a long time.

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Response by:

Pranav   Sheth, MD Pranav Sheth, MD
Formerly:
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati