Generally, shingles is easily diagnosed by its characteristic discomfort/pain and its distinctive rash. To confirm that you have shingles, your doctor may scrape some skin from a blister or collect some of its fluid. These samples can then be sent to a laboratory for testing. The tests can detect the presence of the varicella-zoster virus.
These tests include:
- Microscopic examination
- Viral culture
- Polymerase chain reaction techniques
It may take as long as three weeks or several weeks to obtain the results of some of these tests.
- Reviewer: Peter Lucas, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 00/91/2012 -