What are the symptoms of shingles?

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.
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.

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What is the symptoms of shingles?

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. Read more...

What are the symptoms of shingles?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...

What are the symptoms of shingles on body?

Shingles symptoms. Shingles often starts out as a patch of skin with a burning sensation followed a few days later by vesicles (small blisters) which eventually burst & scab over (just like chickenpox). Some pain may be present during the vesicle phase but more likely to appear in the healing phase. So best to get treatment early to prevent "post-herpetic neuralgia". Face/ear/eye warrant doc visit at once. Read more...

What are the symptoms of shingles? How long does it last?

Shingles can cause . severe pain 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. Possible sx: fever, chills, headache and generalized aches & pains wi fatigue. Most cases of shingles last 3 to 5 weeks. Usually 1 to 5 days after one experiences pain/burning in a specific area, Read more...

What are the symptoms of shingles if they occur without a rash? How can you tell if no rash!

See below. Before the rash appears there may be burning sensation, pain, sensitivity to touch. The symptoms and the rash that may appear in a few days are confined to one side of the body and is present in a limited area. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/shingles/basics/symptoms/con-20019574. Read more...

What happens when your symptoms of shingles come in contact with another person?

Possibly contagious. If any one has shingles, the patient has vesicles in a dermatomal distribution. Those vesicles could be contagious. It would be most important not to expose immunocompromised people such as transplant patients, people on steroids for collagen-vascular diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, and the very old and the very young. High risk people should be immunized a.S.A.P. Read more...

What are the sign and symptoms of shingles and is it infectious to your other body parts?

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...

What are the similarities between symptoms of shingles and herpes simplex infection?

Shingles and herpes. Both are from the herpes group of viruses. Herpes simplex type 1 and 2 usually occurs at or near the place of innoculation like the lips or the genetalia. It can recur often. Shingles usually occurs only once and the rash appears in a dermatome(course of a nerve) like along an arm, a side of a face, etc. All forms can cause blisters, itching and pain. Read more...