When is hospital admission indicated for the treatment of herpes zoster (shingles)?

Updated: Jan 25, 2019
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Answer

Hospital admission should be considered for patients with any of the following:

  • Severe symptoms

  • Immunosuppression

  • Atypical presentations (eg, myelitis)

  • Involvement of more than 2 dermatomes

  • Significant facial bacterial superinfection

  • Disseminated herpes zoster

  • Ophthalmic involvement

  • Meningoencephalopathic involvement


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