Preventative Care

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about preventative care.

What are common complications of shingles?

The most common complication of shingles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is severe pain where the singles rash was on the body.

The pain, for which there is no cure, can be so severe it can become debilitating, according to the CDC.

The older someone is, the more likely it is for the pain to be severe and that they will have long-term pain – called post-herpetic neuralgia – as a complication even after the rash is gone, according to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID).

Other rare but serious complications shingles can cause, according to the CDC and NFID, include:

  • brain inflammation
  • death
  • eye issues, including blindness
  • hearing problems
  • pneumonia

Talk to your physician for more information of the health complications shingles can cause.

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Source: Suzanne Bell, MD, Vandalia Family Care; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Timothy Markus, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Allison Mendenhall, PA-C, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Breanna Veal, PA-C, Walden Ponds Primary Care: James Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, DO, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue, MD; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center, Tammy Taylor, DO, The Pediatric Group