Testing is not usually necessary. Eventually, most people with shingles experience a localised "band" of pain in the affected area. Can I transmit the vaccine virus to others? Most adults in the United States had chickenpox when they were children, before the advent of the routine childhood vaccination that now protects against chickenpox. After a bout of chickenpox the virus lies latent in the nerve cells near the spinal cord.
It's estimated that around one in every four people will have at least one episode of shingles during their life.
Shingles - symptoms, treatment, vaccination
Other less common complications of shingles include: This content does not have an English version. New blisters may appear for up to a week, but a few days after appearing they become yellowish in colour, flatten and dry out. Mayo Clinic does not endorse companies or products. Painkilling medication To ease the pain caused by shingles, your GP may recommend painkilling medication. Antiviral medicines are most effective when taken within 72 hours of your rash appearing, although they may be started up to a week after your rash appears if you are at risk of severe shingles or developing complications.