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What Are The Warning Signs For The Onset Of Shingles
Pain and a rash: Pain followed shortly by a rash on one side of the body in an area supplied by a nerve (dermatome) heralds the onset of a shingles attack. You should discuss getting the shingles vaccine with your doctor. It decreases the miserable complication of "post-herpetic neuralgia". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Shingles symptoms: Early symptoms of shingles include headache, sensitivity to light, and flu-like symptoms without a fever. You may then feel itching, tingling, or pain where a band, strip, or small area of rash may appear several days or weeks later. A rash can appear anywhere on the body but will be on only one side of the body, the left or right. The rash will first form blisters, then scab over. ...Read more
Shingles: or herpes zoster is due to reactivation of the varicella zoster virus established in sensory ganglia following an attack of chicken pox. The resultant inflammation spreads to the peripheral nerve and eventually reaches the skin where it erupts as a rash and extreme pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: But it takes a very long time. You get shingles because your immunity to chicken pox has waned, and you get a reactivation of the virus in a nerve. This process generally takes decades to happen, but if you had the shingles in your 40s, and now you are in your 70s or 80s, it is possible. However, you are unlikely to get the shingles more than once in a short time. ...Read more
Pain, itch, rash: Initially pain and/or itching occurs then with the development of a blister-like rash following the distribution of the sensory nerve where the reactivation occurs. Sometimes the rash is the first thing noted. Rarely the pain/itching occurs without a rash (zoster sine zoster). ...Read more
I think my nerv pain from a case of the shingles is starting to subside slightly. I'm going into week 2 but have had this before. Is this a good sign?
Burning pain: The first sign of shingles is burning pain on or under the skin. The pain is limited to a narrow band on one side of the body reaching around from back to front. Pain precedes the rash. This is the best time to treat shingles. In a couple days the skin develops the typical small blisters and redness associated with shingles. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain/lesions pattern: Shingles is extremely painful with lesions or rash in a nerve root distribution. The patient had chicken pox before, and the virus sits in the dorsal horn of the spinal column. People who are sleep deprived, under stress, immunocompromised are at risk. One needs to see the doctor for treatment to minimize the pain and to heal more quickly with steroid course. ...Read more
I had shingles a month ago on l arm. Felt like someone stabbed my arm. Now the same pain is on r arm but no sign of shingles. Is this common?
Likely not shingles: While it is possible for a person to get shingles more than once, it is quite rare, especially in the wake of the first attack. Your antibody levels to herpes zoster (the virus that causes shingles) are high and should prevent another infection for at least a while. More likely some there is some other cause behind the pain. ...Read more
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