With shingles, the first thing you may notice is a tingling sensation or pain on one side of your body or face. Painful skin blisters then erupt on only one side of your face or body along the distribution of nerves on the skin.
The cluster of blisters that form with shingles fill with fluid, pop, then start to ooze. Eventually the affected areas crust over and heal like the rash shown here.
Shingles - Topic Overview
Learn about shingles (herpes zoster), a painful, contagious rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella-zoster). Read on for treatment and vaccine information.
Shingles - Health Tools
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Shingles - When To Call a Doctor
Call your health professional immediately if : Any sign of shingles develops (such as pain or changes in vision) that affects your forehead, nose, eye, or eyelid. Any symptoms of shingles develop (such as headache, stiff neck, dizziness, weakness, hearing
Shingles - What Increases Your Risk
Risks for developing shingles include: Having had chickenpox. You must have had chickenpox to get shingles. Being older than 50. Having a weakened immune system due to another disease, such as diabetes or HIV infection Experiencing stress or trauma.
Shingles - Home Treatment
You may reduce the duration and pain of shingles by: Taking good care of skin sores, such as not scratching blisters and keeping your skin clean. Using medications as prescribed to treat shingles or postherpetic neuralgia or using nonprescription pain med
Shingles - Exams and Tests
Shingles is usually diagnosed by the appearance of the bandlike rash that occurs on one side of your body. If a diagnosis of shingles is not clear, your health professional may order lab tests, most commonly herpes tests, on cells taken from a blister.
Shingles - Other Treatment
Postherpetic neuralgia, the most common complication of shingles, is difficult to treat. Your health professional may recommend other treatments, along with medications, to control the pain of postherpetic neuralgia.
Shingles - Symptoms
When the virus that causes chickenpox reactivates, it causes shingles. Early symptoms of shingles include headache, sensitivity to light, and flu - like symptoms without a fever.