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Shingles and physical activity
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Shingles and physical activity

I have a case of shingles affecting my chest and back.  There is significant pain, but not much of a rash - just a small spot on my chest and a slightly larger one on my back.  I have been on antiviral treatment for 2 days, and don't expect any more spots.  My question is whether I need to cut back on my physical activity (bike riding, tennis, walking, exercising, etc) during the outbreak of shingles, or whether I can continue life as before, as long as the pain allows.  When I am active, I don't feel the pain as badly.  Will staying quiet make the outbreak go away any faster than being active will?
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It will go away in the same number of days whether you exercise or not, so you're best off doing everything you want and feel up to.

Best.

Dr. Rockoff
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