Will Shingles Last For Days, Weeks or Months?
Shingles is a herpes virus and generally has a longevity of a few days, maybe couple of weeks. Generally speaking most people take oral and topical medications for shingles pain and the virus runs it's course quickly and the pain and discomfort is over. Immediately upon suspecting one has Shingles then the best option is to treat immediately. As with a cold virus the symptoms are generally what is being treated, not the virus itself.
With recent developments in new topical ointments, and new oral medications, it appears the life of the virus may be shortened due to the new treatments. Today that is the reason to immediately begin treating at any hint one has contracted the shingles virus. Stop the spread of the virus to healthy, non affected cells. Viruses need host cells to live and when an area is "quarantined" against the healthy tissues becoming hosts then the duration is shortened. New hosts mean longer time periods of infection from the shingles virus.
Some of the best oral and topical cream medications for Shingles are here and you can click for more information on the specific products. If the shingles herpers virus is chronic then one may consider interferential electrotherapy for cure and carryover pain relief.