How is herpes zoster (shingles) diagnosed?

Updated: Jan 25, 2019
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Diagnosis of herpes zoster (shingles) is based primarily on the history and physical findings—specifically, the characteristic location and appearance of the skin eruption in association with localized pain. Systemic manifestations are uncommon and usually are confined to patients in whom the immune system has been compromised by other disease processes or chemotherapy.


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