Q: What do shingles look like?

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Close-up of shingles rash (herpes zoster) on shoulder

The shingles rash typically is in a stripe, band or clusters, with blisters that resemble chickenpox (but not as many and not as scattered as with chickenpox). They will be open and oozing for the first few days, then will scab over and gradually disappear over the next 2 weeks or so. The rash usually is confined to one side of your body.

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  1. Shingles FAQ. National Foundation for Infectious Disease.
  2. Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Overview. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.