Will I Develop Herpes Zoster Complications?
Complications of Herpes ZosterFor the majority of healthy individuals, herpes zoster runs its course without leading to any complications. Usually the lesions heal; the pain subsides within three to five weeks; and, for most patients, the blisters leave no scars.
While this is the normal course for most people with symptoms of herpes zoster, it is possible for complications to occur. Some possible complications include:
- Herpes zoster ophthalmicus
- Herpes zoster oticus
- Postherpetic neuralgia
- Sacral zoster
- Other herpes zoster complications.
(Click Shingles Complications for more information about these specific complications.)
Herpes Zoster and PregnancyHerpes zoster during pregnancy is rare, but it is possible for a pregnant woman to develop it. Treatment for herpes zoster during pregnancy is similar to treatment for women who are not pregnant.
(Click Herpes Zoster During Pregnancy for more information, including information about pediatric herpes zoster.)