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what are the symptoms of shingles?

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Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Painful rash: It is a one sided rash usually in a band or belt - like distribution. There is usually pain or some kind of unpleasant sensation such as tingling or burning. The pain may come before the rash. The rash will usually form into many small blisters. It can also be on the face or arm. See your doctor right away for an antiviral medication to prevent post herpetic neuralgia which is very painful.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See eye specialist (ophthalmologist) immediately if eye is involved.
Jun 19, 2012
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Shingles Symptoms: Shingles can cause fairly dramatic pain which is followed within a few days by a rash. It usually appears in a particular location on one side of the body. The rash burns intensely, itches & is made up blisters that open up & crust over. A person could also have a fever, chills, headache and generalized aches & pains with fatigue.
Dr. William Newton
Pain Management 19 years experience
Rash: Normally there is a rash that may appear as red bumps that can be small and look like clusters of blisters. It usually follows a patter and is on one side of the body or one extremity. Symptoms can start as pain only or some itching or irritation of the skin before the rash appears. Early treatment can help shorten the rash and pain. See your PCP.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Shingles may first…: start as a burning sensation in the skin before a patch of blisters appear; blisters are red and somewhat resemble a patch of poison ivy contact. Blisters (like those in chickenpox) break & then scab over. If left untreated, the nerve(s) involved may produce severe pain lasting days to weeks. So treatment at the first appearance of rash is very important, esp. if eye area is involved. See doc ASAP
Dr. Amandeep Kaur
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Shingles: At first, shingles causes weird sensations on you skin. You might feel itching, burning, pain, or tingling. Some people get a fever, feel sick, or get a headache. Within 1 to 2 days, a rash with blisters appears. Blisters most often appear in a band across the chest and back. They can show up on other parts of the body, too.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

Do symptoms of shingles go away quickly?

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Dr. William Lizarraga
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Sometimes: They include a rash, which usually lasts for days to a couple of week, and pain in the area of the rash, which can precede the rash by a few days, and usually resolves around the time the rash does. Sometimes the pain can last for weeks, months, or even years, though, in a condition called postherptic neuralgia.
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How long do the symptoms of shingles last for you?

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Dr. Simon Tsiouris
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
1-2 weeks: The rash that occurs with shingles usually lasts about 7-10 days before all the lesions dry up and begin to fall off. Lifelong scarring occasionally results. The pain associated with the rash usually lasts about 2 weeks but can persist for much longer (sometimes lifelong) in 10-15% of patients.
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What are the symptoms of shingles? How long does it last?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
See below: Pain, burning, itching, red rash, small blisters.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How to tell if I have shingles? What are the symptoms?

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Dr. Vicki Levine
Dermatology 41 years experience
Shingles: Usually pain on one side of the body comes before the rash of shingles, which is also called herpes zoster. The blisters develop in that area. If you see a doctor soon enough you can take an anti-viral medication to help it heal sooner.
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A 35-year-old male asked about a 72-year-old male:

Can shingles cause fatigue as one of the symptoms ?

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Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Besides...: Besides the localized pain and rash that shingles cause it may also present with flu like symptoms. So yes, you may experience symptoms of weakness and fatigue although this is not the most common or prominent symptom with this type of viral infection.

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