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

Updated: Mar 17, 2020
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Uncomplicated zoster does not require inpatient care. 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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