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Alexea Gaffney-Adams, M.D., an infectious disease specialist at Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, New York, explains the factors that speed up or slow down recovery.
Shingles infections are highly variable from person to person. People with a stronger immune system will have a shorter duration of symptoms. I've seen patients recover in as little as five to seven days, especially if they're given antiviral therapy early on. In some of my elderly patients, I've seen them experience symptoms, including persistence of the rash for as long as four to six weeks, even in spite of appropriate management.