Life After Shingles

Can shingles long term effects be severe?

Shingles can turned into postherpetic neuralgia

Shingles symptoms should clear within 3 to 5 weeks. If shingles symptoms last for months or years this is known as postherpetic neuralgia. Postherpetic neuralgia is a nerve pain caused by varicella zoster virus. There is no specific cure for this disease. Antidepressants and anticonvulsants are giving to help reduce pain.