What Is Shingles, And Is It Contagious? Basic Facts About This Painful Rash, And What To Do If You Have It
Shingles is a painful rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. According to the CDC, 1 in 3 people will get shingles at some point in their lives. It develops in some people who have had chickenpox; if you haven’t had chickenpox, you won’t get shingles.
It usually takes 2 to 4 weeks for shingles to clear up. Although shingles is relatively harmless to most people, it can be contagious. Also, it can cause serious discomfort until it passes.