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Symptoms of Shingles

Symptoms of Shingles: Introduction

Symptoms of shingles affect the nerves and the skin and can occur in almost any part of the body. However, shingles most often affects one side of the trunk. Symptoms generally begin with sensations of itching, tingling, and/or a severe burning pain in the affected area. The pain can be severe. Several days later a rash develops in a band or patch-like shape. Other symptoms can include fever, headache, and chills.

A few days later, the rash develops into fluid-filled blisters, which eventually dry out, crust over, and heal. The pain generally resolves within three to five weeks.

In some cases, shingles can affect the nerves of the face, ears or eyes and cause complications. Complications include the development of facial paralysis, impaired vision and hearing. Another complications is called postherpetic neuralgia, in which the pain of shingles lasts for months or even years. People with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk for developing serious complications of shingles....more about Shingles »

Symptoms of Shingles

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Shingles includes the 14 symptoms listed below:

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NINDS Shingles Information Page: NINDS (Excerpt)

The first sign is usually a tingling feeling, itchiness, or stabbing pain on the skin. After a few days, a rash appears as a band or patch of raised dots on the side of the trunk or face. The rash develops into small, fluid-filled blisters which begin to dry out and crust over within several days. When the rash is at its peak, symptoms can range from mild itching to extreme and intense pain. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Shingles Information Page: NINDS)

Facts About Shingles (Varicella-Zoster Virus): NIAID (Excerpt)

Shingles is an outbreak of a rash or blisters on the skin that may be associated with severe pain. The pain is generally on one side of the body or face. (Source: excerpt from Facts About Shingles (Varicella-Zoster Virus): NIAID)

Facts About Shingles (Varicella-Zoster Virus): NIAID (Excerpt)

Early signs of shingles include burning or shooting pain and tingling or itching generally located on one side of the body or face. The rash or blisters are present anywhere from one to 14 days. (Source: excerpt from Facts About Shingles (Varicella-Zoster Virus): NIAID)

Skin Care and Aging -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA (Excerpt)

Early signs of shingles include burning or shooting pain and tingling or itching, generally on one side of the body or face. A rash appears as a band or patch of raised dots on the side of the trunk or face. The rash develops into small, fluid-filled blisters, which begin to dry out and crust over within several days. When the rash is at its peak, symptoms can range from mild itching to intense pain. (Source: excerpt from Skin Care and Aging -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

Shingles as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Shingles, it is also important to consider Shingles as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Shingles may cause:

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Shingles. This signs and symptoms information for Shingles has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Shingles signs or Shingles symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Shingles may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Shingles symptoms.

 

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