In some cases, people with shingles may require hospitalization, although it is not common. Hospitalization for shingles is usually reserved for people who are at higher risk of complications, such as those with weakened immune systems or severe pain.
Complications of shingles that may require hospitalization can include bacterial skin infections, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), or pneumonia. If shingles affects the eyes, it can also lead to vision loss or blindness, and hospitalization may be necessary to prevent these complications.
Most people with shingles can be treated on an outpatient basis with antiviral medications and pain relievers. If you think you have shingles or are experiencing severe symptoms, it is important to consult a healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.