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What are the first on set signs of the shingles?
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Dr. Joshua Batt
Emergency Medicine
10 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Joshua Batt
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Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Unwell with rash
The earliest symptoms of shingles  may include headache, sensitivity to light or flu like symptoms without a fever.
 later, you may feel itching, tingling, or pain in a localized area. That’s where a band, strip, or small area of rash may occur a few days later. The rash turns into clusters of blisters. The blisters fill with fluid and then crust over.

In brief: Unwell with rash
The earliest symptoms of shingles  may include headache, sensitivity to light or flu like symptoms without a fever.
 later, you may feel itching, tingling, or pain in a localized area. That’s where a band, strip, or small area of rash may occur a few days later. The rash turns into clusters of blisters. The blisters fill with fluid and then crust over.
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
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