Shingles Signs and Symptoms

Many people experienced chickenpox when they were young, and if you are one of them, it is possible that you will experience shingles now that you are an adult. Shingles is a health condition that is caused by the virus known as Herpes varicella zoster. The painful rash occurring on the body is known as shingles, and appears as a band of blisters.


The shingles signs and symptoms


The signs and symptoms of shingles are based on the stages that you are in. The 2 stages are prodromal and eruptive.


The Prodromal Stage


The prodromal stage is the period of 2 to 5 days before the outbreak of rash on the body, and some of the popular symptoms during this stage are:


  1. Itching, burning sensation and severe pain even when you touch the affected area lightly.
  2. Lymph nodes swelling in some cases. This is one of the symptoms of internal shingles, with the swelling in the groin area or under the arms. It arises when the body tries to fight the virus by activating the immune system.
  3. Tingling, pain, discomfort, numbness and increase in sensitivity in parts of the body affected.
  4. Headache, chills, nausea, diarrhea and fever (in some cases).
  5. You may also experience unexplained abdominal pain because of gastrointestinal upsets as the stomach becomes tender to touch. This is always the problem when there is an infection of the gastrointestinal tract.


The Eruptive Stage


This is the stage when there is an outbreak of rash on the body. Some of the symptoms are:


  1. Swelling and redness of the area affected; rash then appears there.
  2. Blisters filled with fluid are formed after the appearance of the rash. The fluid will at first be clear but will become cloudy after some days, making there to be severe pain.
  3. The blisters containing fluid pops up after some days, leading to the release of the fluid. After some hours, the blisters will be drying up or will be almost dried, leading to the formation of crust.
  4. The Hutchinson’s sign is also a common symptom. This is when the end of the nose shows a rash, and the nerve of the eye is affected. With shingles in the eye, you may experience vision problems, swelling and temporary blindness in certain cases.
  5. The rash may appear on the face, ear, mouth and neck because the facial nerve is affected. This may lead you to suffering from hearing loss, severe ear pain, dizziness, and facial paralysis in some cases. However, it is a temporary condition.


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Those are some of the popular shingles signs and symptoms. It is also possible for the virus to attack the internal tissues of the body and specific organs such as central nervous system, the brain and the lungs. If the lungs are affected, breathing problems and pneumonia may be experienced. But if the brain is affected, there may be serious complications like headaches, confusion, unconsciousness and dizziness. Most times, the rash heals after 3 to 4 weeks, and you may experience the discoloration of the skin after the healing.

  1. lily
    Aug 31st, 2012 at 16:45 | #1

    My dad and my sisters had it, my sister was only 10 when she had it she was off for 2 weeks she was always in pain. My dad had it twice, first time he was 37, the worse thing we were very young, he took us to florida and went to disney! i suddenly appeared when he got off a ride. The second he came back from work he had been itching, pulled up his trousers he had shingles. First time he had it for a 3 weeks, secong for ruffly a month.

  2. elaine
    Sep 21st, 2012 at 13:41 | #2

    I’m not sure if I have shingles but a week ago I begin to experience some servere chest pains and was admitted into the hospital to rule out acute cardiology. Which was unfounded. But was told that the wall around ny heart was inflamed. I’m now taken naproxen 250mg twice a day. I was asked and examined to look for a rash. But none found. But a week later I have this red rash on my left shoulder and bow what feels like a virus cold as well. The rash is a little tender to touch and it itch. No blisters. Is this shingles. And is the pain in my chest a symptom as well.

  3. Dixie
    Oct 12th, 2012 at 15:52 | #3

    I have shingles in the groin area, hip, and few on back.
    i didn’t see any pictures of this area. is this unusual?

  4. Cindy
    Nov 7th, 2013 at 03:48 | #5

    I am just starting to have red bites looking things on me since yesterday. They itch and hurt.

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