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Ask the Right Questions at Your Next Doctor's Appointment

Who is the appointment for?

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What is the reason for the appointment?

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Has a doctor diagnoses you or your loved one with shingles?

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Is the appointment with a current or new doctor?

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What are your symptoms? (Optional)

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What medications are you taking (if any) for shingles? (Optional)

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Most important questions to ask about Shingles

Top 10 Questions about Shingles

  1. What are the symptoms of shingles?
  2. What is shingles and what causes it?
  3. Am I contagious and what precautions should I take with others?
  4. Should I still get the shingles vaccine even though I already have shingles?
  5. What are my treatment options for shingles?
  6. Which treatments relieve my pain and which ones will help shorten my illness?
  7. How likely am I to have persistent pain or post-herpetic neuralgia?
  8. Are there treatments to help prevent post-herpetic neuralgia?
  9. What can I expect from my shingles medication and how long will it take to start working?
  10. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my shingles medication?
  1. What are the symptoms of shingles?
  2. Could my shingles symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  3. How is shingles diagnosed?
  4. How can you be sure it's shingles if I don't remember having chickenpox?
  5. Can my primary care doctor diagnose shingles or will I need to see a specialist?
  6. What is shingles and what causes it?
  7. Is shingles curable or controllable?
  8. Am I contagious and what precautions should I take with others?
  9. Are there any symptoms of shingles that should alert me to call you?
  10. Should I still get the shingles vaccine even though I already have shingles?
  11. What are my treatment options for shingles?
  12. Which treatments relieve my pain and which ones will help shorten my illness?
  13. What should I do if my shingles symptoms get worse?
  14. What might happen if I do nothing to treat my shingles?
  15. Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my symptoms and support my treatment?
  16. How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  17. What happens if my symptoms don't improve with treatment?
  18. How likely am I to have persistent pain or post-herpetic neuralgia?
  19. Are there treatments to help prevent post-herpetic neuralgia?
  20. What can I expect from my shingles medication and how long will it take to start working?
  21. What types of shingles medications are available (pills, shots, patches, creams)?
  22. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  23. How long will I need to take my shingles medication?
  24. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my shingles medication?

What to Discuss

Symptoms:

Medications:

What to Bring

  • Insurance Card
  • Driver's License or ID
  • This Guide and a Pen