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Shingles Overview

Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a viral infection caused by the chickenpox virus. Symptoms include pain and a rash on one side of the body. Shingles most commonly affects older adults and people with weak immune systems.

Understanding Shingles -- Symptoms

The symptoms of shingles include:

  • Localized burning, tingling, itching, prickling pain that starts days days to weeks before the rash appears. The pain varies by person but can be constant or come and go.

  • Days after these symptoms appear, a group of fluid-filled blisters appears on a red, inflamed base of skin; the blisters typically crust over in a week.

  • The rash may be accompanied by fever, fatigue, or headache.

  • The rash will not cross the mid-line of your body.
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