Testing & Diagnosis for Herpes Zoster (Shingles) in Children

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How does a doctor know that it's herpes zoster?

Diagnosis usually involves obtaining a medical history of your child and performing a physical exam. Your doctor also may want to:

  • take skin scrapings (gently scraping the blisters to determine if the virus is shingles or another virus)
  • run blood tests
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