Diagnosis of Shingles
by Amy Scholten, MPH
The doctor will ask about symptoms and past health. Shingles is diagnosed by its pain and its rash. Tests may be done if the rash is not typical. This may mean testing blood, saliva, fluids from the rash, or spinal fluid.
It may take three or more weeks to get the results of some of these tests.
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Last reviewed November 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board David L. Horn, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 11/16/2021
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