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How Long Does Shingles Usually Last?


How long does shingles usually last? Dr. Angela Walk

As a wellness physician, my patients will come to me for the best way to manage health concerns with natural remedies. When one of my patients is suffering from shingles, the most common question is, how long does shingles usually last?


When a person has shingles, they usually first experience and odd sensation or tingling, burning, itching, or numb sensation in the skin, usually on one side of the body.


Within 1-3 days, a rash with clusters of small, fluid-filled blisters appear, sometimes surrounded by reddish skin. In 3-4 days the rash can become open sores.


After 7–10 days the blisters start to dry up and scab over. At this point, most people are no longer contagious.


Symptoms usually disappear after 2–4 weeks.


Addressing the shingles virus naturally is the most effective way to manage an outbreak. Natural treatments include essential oils, proper nutrition, and natural supplements that provide support for your immune system and help to manage stress.


Now that you know how long it typically lasts, let's take a look at each of the natural remedies for shingles and also answer any other questions you may have.


Dr. Angela Walk

Dr. Angela Walk

Wellness Physician

Founder of Nashville Organix



What Cause Shingles?


What causes shingles? Dr. Angela Walk

Shingles is a condition that presents with a painful rash or blisters on the skin that is often shaped like a band or belt.